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30Aug91 UK: EDITORIAL COMMENT - WEST MUST WAIT UNTIL RUSSIAN DUST SETTLES. (1 OF 2)

By Editor John Pullin.Two years ago I visited a huge state-owned engineering factory in one of the republics which has declared its intention to seek independence from the Soviet Union. The factory makes huge machines which are then shipped to state bus, truck and tractor plants to build chassis. It had a problem.The factory has been told by its political masters that it had to increase its exports to earn much-needed foreign currency. But all of its production for the next five years ...

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