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Egypt-USSR Relations-Fruits of Opportunism

THE protestations of the Soviet Union that "the responsibility for the consequences of the Egyptian leadership's policy as a whole in relation to the Soviet Union in recent years, an J for the abrogation of the USSR-Egyptian treaty of friendship and co-operation, rests entirely with the Egyptian side", are, to say the least, not very convincing, the contrary, one might argue that Soviet Union, quite consistently with the policy it has been following vis-a-vis the many repressive regimes among the developing countries, had deliberately chosen to ignore the fundamental anti-communist and reactionary characteristics of these regimes, purely in order to gain some diplomatic and political advantages in regions which it considered to be of strategic interest to it Such was the case of the Soviet support to Anwar Sadat, In fact, at the very moment in 1971 when Anwar Sadat was pledging 'unbreakable' friendship with the Soviet Union, he was busy persecuting the last remnants of the pro-Soviet Union factions within Egypt led by Ali Sabri. In July 1972, a little more than a year after signing the treaty of 'unbreakable' friendship and co-operation, Sadat ordered the 17,000 Soviet advisers in Egypt to leave the country. But undeterred by these political and diplomatic reverses, the Soviet Union not merely continued to back Sadat, but began to enter into treaties of 'unbreakable' friendship with several other countries and began to get itself entrenched in the region and elsewhere in a most unprincipled manner. It is difficult to believe that these countries which have consistently received Soviet endorsement of their domestic policies are in any way committed to a radical restructuring of their societies, or even committed to bourgeois norms of social justice. But when fresh outbursts of anti-communism and anti-Sovietism will break out in countries which are at present following seemingly friendly policies (as it is inevitable, given the character and' DEBATES on the pharmaceutical industry in Parliament follow a well-set pattern. From time to time attention is focussed on the depredations of the multinational companies which dominate the industry

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