The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 24, 1968 · Page 20
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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B8 Palm B each Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. if, 1368 Soviets Bid To Become Major Influence InNigeria for the Russians to post a military attache in Lagos. The Soviet Union backs a monthly magazine edited by a Nigerian awarded, a' Lenin Peace Prize in 1966. cers. The United States has 38, the British 27, plus opeoun-try consulates. Federal sources say Maj. Geo. Iakubu Gowon, Nigeria's military ruler, has promised permission crete embassy building surrounded by a high picket fence. He has pressed the Nigerians to permit him a larger staff and his diplomatic list has increased to 13 offi Last week Nigerian officials throughout much of the federation were providing elaborate welcomes for 12 touring members of a Russian economic delegation. The delegation's stated object is strengthening Soviet-Nigerian economic relations, examining ways to help Nigeria rebuild after its war with Biafran secessionists, and exhausting fight now in its 17th month. The war is an insistent reminder of Soviet aid. A week before the delegation arrived, young .Nigerians in old, Soviet-built MIG 17 jet fighters made their first night attack on Bia-fra's lifeline landing strip between Uli and Ihiala. The Nigerians hailed the occasion as a great victory against the Bialran arms airlift; the Soviets basked in July, says: MI think now people feel genuine friendship for the Russians. Of course, we have no desire to change our system." Besides planes and vehicles the Russians bave provided bombs and more than 200 technicians. Credit to buy more war materials was supposedly a subject of discussion with the economic delegation. Nigeria's foreign currency reserves are virtually depleted. Since 1965 the Soviets have had a standing loan offer of about $56 million for a steel mill. Relations between the Russians and the Nigerians reflect some wariness, but business between Nigeria and Russia is up. Trade soared sevenfold to more than $14 million between 1966 and 1967 the balance By ARNOLD ZEITL1N Associated Press Writer LAGOS. Nigeria (API Backing up its military aid with offers of postwar economic help, the Soviet Union is biding to become a major influence in Nigerian affairs. The prize is alluring. Nigeria, with more than 50 million people, is by far Africa's most populous land. Extricated from a draining civil war. it could produce a buoyant economy floating on crude oil. Nigeria's ports provide a ha- . ven for Soviet vessels forced to reach the Far East around Africa because the Suez Canal is closed. It could be the West African base of operations the Soviet Union lost when its fortunes fell with President Kwame Nkrumah in the Ghanaian coup of February 1966. shifting from $700,000 in favor of Russia to a nearly $8.4 million surplus for Nigeria a year later. The difference was in $11.2 million in cocoa beans Russia bought in 1967. The year before they had bought not a bean, partly because they still were committed to buy from Ghana. . Soviet Ambassador Alex-andr I. Romanov, a professional foreign service officer, is a convivial sort who plays tennis in the old colonial atmosphere of the predominantly British Ikoyi Club. He once entered a circle of Western diplomats at a cocktail party with a lighthearted question. "Is this for NATO members only?" Under Romanov's administration, the Russians have moved into a glass and con "Behind our attitude toward the Soviet Union is a feeling of appreciation for this willingness to do what others have not done." said Dr. Okoi Arik-po, Nigeria's commissioner for external affairs. His reference was oblique but obvious. The Americans have refused armss aid to Nigeria, settling instead for $15 million for civilian relief work. The British obliged only after the Russians produced 16 MIGs for Nigeria in July 1967. 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