PROBLEMS PLAGUE SOVIET CASPIAN OPERATIONS

An abundance of problems has forced increasing reliance on foreign firms to bring order out of admitted chaos in the Soviet Union's oil operations in the Caspian Sea. The problems include a rash of costly accidents, pervasive technological shortcomings, and inability to obtain spare parts and equipment from domestic suppliers. Despite Moscow's critical shortage of hard currencies, the U.S.S.R. has turned to the U.S., Finland, Japan, West Germany, and eastern European nations for help in

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