I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC
Soviet Bloc May Be-Preparlng to Provide Military Aid to Cuba
hthe Soviet bloc may be
prepared toba With at least token deliveries of arms. Onay, soon after talks opened in Havanazech commercial mission and trio Cuban Government, the head of the Chief Technical Directorate of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Trade requested Cuban visas^ for himself and several other Czech trade officials. The Technical Directorate handles Czech exports of military equipment and is involved in the blocks arms deals with nonbloc countries. Onay the Cuban Foreign Ministry Issued the visas, and presumably the Czechs will be available to participate In the negotiations now under way In Havanarade and credit agreement.
Castrols Intense desire to obtain jet aircraft led to earlier Cuban attempts to procure military equipment from tho bloc, but so far all such efforts have been unsuccessful. The visit of the Czech delegation at this time suggests the bloc now may beto provide military items not available from Western sources.
Since MLkoyanfc visit to Cuba last February, bloc activity In Cuba has increased sharply. al bloc sugar purchases0 have risenons, Soviet oil and other raw materials have begun to arrive In Cuba, and new commercial agreements have been signed with Poland and East Germany, in addition to
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