March 18, 1958

KHRUSHCHEV: Moscow, 14 – A campaign speech by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev has provided fresh insight into Moscow’s stance on critical international problems. Referring to the summit conference, he said that the Soviet Union was willing to settle the more urgent problems together with the the United States, but he angrily rejected any proposal aimed at changing the status quo in Eastern European states. Recalling events in Hungary, which he attributed to «imperialist intervention,» Khrushchev emphasized: «We recommend that no one try to test our patience again.» After claiming that Russia had done everything it could to reduce tension, he warned that «if war breaks out, it will be the most catastrophic ever known to humanity.» Khruschev also spoke about his country’s domestic problems, recognizing the insufficient production of consumer goods and promising a rapid improvement. ELECTORAL LAW: The Democratic Reform Party has released a statement criticizing the electoral bill and ruling out any cooperation with the Left. However, the party is in agreement with the installation of missile bases in Greece.

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