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Don't overlook Russia

The front-page article "Russia Could Provide Early Test for Clinton's Foreign Policy," Nov. 13, points to a fact often ignored. The crisis in Russia should not be overlooked. The Clinton administration needs to develop a coherent and consistent policy toward the former Soviet Union. Furthermore, that policy should support President Boris Yeltsin's reforms.

It requires no leap in logic to see that the failure of reform will cost the United States economy greatly. America's economic woes cannot be resolved if it has to fight another cold war. Steven T. Wilson, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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