Suddenly, The Soviets Deal A Wild CardStanley Reed and Peter Galuszka
Braving the American bombardment, Soviet envoy Yevgeniy M. Primakov went to Baghdad on Feb. 11 on a diplomatic quest to end the gulf war. While yielding no clear-cut breakthroughs, Primakov's mission did produce some tantalizing signs. Saddam Hussein, a valued client of the Soviet war machine, said he was willing "to extend cooperation to the Soviet Union" to find a way to peace. And Saddam agreed to dispatch his Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, to Moscow for further discussions with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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