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Soviets Have Pact with Turkey to Use Overland Route for Deliveries to Arabs

The Soviets are now permitted to deliver goods to Arab countries over an overland route via Turkish territory. An agreement to this effect was reached between Russia and Turkey last October, it was learned here. According to the agreement, goods destined for Iraq and Syria may pass through prescribed routes on Turkish territory. While there was no information as to the nature of cargo permitted to go through Turkey, it was pointed out here that even trucks by themselves are of a strategic nature. There is, however, no way to check the goods in the trucks which may include materials for strategic purposes. The Turkish reasoning for this agreement was that Russia has permitted Turkish fruits to be transferred overland to Finland.

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