Soviet Union: Helping Him Find His Way

Forced to settle for sacks of advice instead of money at the London parley, Gorbachev promises to apply those ideas at home

Ordinarily, diplomatic protocol prevents hosts from lecturing guests on how to manage their affairs at home. But the summit meeting in London last week was far from ordinary. The leaders of the world's seven biggest industrial democracies, the so-called G-7, did not mince words when Mikhail Gorbachev arrived to appeal for Western assistance.

George Bush and his colleagues told the Soviet President that his reforms had not gone nearly far enough, and he seemed to take their words to heart. Just before returning to face his critics in Moscow, he conceded to a British television interviewer, "We still have a lot...

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