Soviet Diplomats See Need for Russian Mideast Intervention if War Erupts There

According to informed sources here, Soviet diplomats have said that Russia would have to intervene to save the Arabs from another defeat if the worsening Mideast crisis erupts into a full scale war. The sources said the Soviets could not stand idly by in such an event, even if it meant risking a direct confrontation with the United States. According to these sources, Moscow is resigned to an indefinite period of fighting between Israel and Egypt but is alarmed by the apparent ease with which Israeli ground and air forces strike at will against Egypt. The Russians have invested an estimated $6 billion to re-arm the Arab states, much of it for weapons to replace the losses sustained by the Arabs in the June, 1967 Six-Day War.

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