SOVIET DEVELOPMENTS

Created: 4/24/1972

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SOVIET DEVELOPMENTS

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CINCPAC to Ceylon

Moscow has wasted little time testing Ceylonese "nonallgnment" in the wake of Admiral McCain'svisit to Colombo. The US military attache there reports that the commander of the USSR's Pacific fleet. Admiral Sn^nox, will be visiting Ceylon fromprilay. His trip will coincide with the first visit of/Soviet warships to Ceylon since July

Soviet officials in Colombo were extremely curious about Admiral McCain's "real" purpose in visiting Ceylon. Their questioning disclosedabout some sort of US-Ceylonese understanding that would allow US naval vessols grea'.er access to Ceylonese ports. The Soviets seemed particularly concerned that the US Navy would be Allowed access to Trincomalee (reputed to be the bast natural harbor in the Indian Ocean). Soviet fishing vessels were denied access to Trincomalee under the terms of the Soviet-Ceylonese fisheries accord that was signed last August, even though some Chinese merchant ships will be allowed to call there.

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