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THE WEEK AHEAD

MADRID : Soviet Wanderlust

October 23, 1990

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev makes his first foreign trip as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, with visits to Spain on Thursday and France on Sunday.

His four-day state visit to Spain will be the first ever by a Soviet leader. And his summit meeting with French President Francois Mitterrand underlines the Kremlin's continuing view of that country as an important player even on a European continent seemingly destined to see a united Germany in a much more prominent role.

The trip also stresses Gorbachev's determination to anchor his country more firmly in Europe as it scales down its superpower pretensions.

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