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Moscow Calls Israel ‘aggressor'; Explains Refusal of Payments to U.N.

The United States received word from the Soviet Union today, insisting that the USSR will not pay its United Nations assessments for the costs of the United Nations Emergency Force and the military force on the Israel-Egyptian frontier and in the Congo because “the Soviet Union has no intention of encouraging the aggressor, by shouldering part of the expenditures connected with the consequences of the aggression against Egypt and the Congo. “

At the same time, Tass, the official Soviet news agency, reported from Moscow that the same views were relayed to United Nations Secretary General U Thant by Ilikolai Federenko, the USSR’s permanent representative at the UN. The United States had proposed that the next session of the General Assembly deny voting privileges to members, like the USSR, who are in arrears in their payments for the UN’s peacekeeping operations.