Soviet officials fear no matter how successful Iraq is in obtaining new oil resources in the Persian Gulf area, Baghdad won't pay back to the U.S.S.R. and formerly Communist eastern European nations the huge debt it owes them, largely for arms.
The Moscow News newspaper said, "Iraq's debts after 8 years of using Soviet weapons against Iran amount to more than $80 billion. For arms supplies alone, Baghdad owes Poland nearly $1 billion.
"As we see it, Saddam Hussein, again by means of Soviet weapons, found a way to settle accounts-to seize by force first Kuwait's oil and then the entire Arab world's oil. But we won't ...