The World : Soviets Warmer to Albania
The Soviet Union made its warmest overture to Albania in years, assuring the Balkan nation that the Kremlin seeks improved relations. Albania, a Communist country with few contacts with the outside world, cut all ties with the Soviets in 1961. The overture came in an article in Pravda, the Communist Party paper, which noted the 41st anniversary today of Albania’s liberation from Nazi Germany. The article recalled that Soviet troops helped Albania drive out the Germans, and hailed Soviet-Albanian cooperation in the 1950s.