Aiding the Soviets
British Prime Minister John Major’s suggested options for aid to the Soviet Union:
Extend existing food credits.
Assess the need for food aid this winter.
Send “lifeline” teams to the Soviet Union to provide assistance in establishing efficient food production and distribution systems.
Implement existing know-how programs on technical aid discussed by the G-7 group of industrialized nations and other bilateral programs.
Get the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to become urgently involved in providing practical assistance in structural reform plans within the Soviet Union.
Push for associate membership soon in the IMF for the Soviet Union with a view to full membership in the future.