Diplomacy Moscow Scales Back

Gorbachev spurs shifts here, there -- but not everywhere

There they were, shoulder to shoulder, about as disparate as a pair could be. The business-suited pragmatist and the fatigue-clad revolutionary. Mikhail Gorbachev and Fidel Castro. New thinking and old orthodoxy. Castro talked the most, but Gorbachev had the last word. He coolly rejected Castro's policy of exporting revolution, a central tenet of the Cuban leader's 30-year rule. Until a very few years ago, Moscow's leaders too preached worldwide support for wars of national liberation. But Gorbachev's words in Havana seemed intended to reinforce his professed determination to replace such vaporous ideology with solidly grounded pragmatism -- obtaining influence in Latin...

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