Soviet trade with West in sharp gain, UN says
Geneva — Soviet exports to the West rose by 19 percent in the first half of 1982, after falling in the two previous years, a United Nations report said.
Western exports to the Soviet Union - largely of grain and other food - also continued rising rapidly, from 8 percent in 1980 to 16 percent in 1981, the UN Commission for Europe said. The increase in Soviet trade with the West was due mostly to a faster flow of oil and natural gas pipeline shipments. The report also cited Soviet gold sales as an important factor.