The Soviet Union began airlifting basic supplies into Vientiane recently to help the Laotians Government overcome an economic squeeze.
GC Airport in Vientiane.
SVS Soviet aircraft on tarmac.(2 shots)
SV Oil drums and other crates unloaded. (3 shots)
GV Trucks loaded with supplies leaving.
SV Soviet officials talking to Laotians.
GV AND SV North Vietnamese C-130 (2 shots)
SV Supplies being unloaded from aircraft onto truck. (2 shots)
SV Another truck leaving with oil drums and other cargo.
Initials VS 00.5
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Background: The Soviet Union began airlifting basic supplies into Vientiane recently to help the Laotians Government overcome an economic squeeze.
The Squeeze has been causing severe shortages of food and other essentials in Laos, particularly in Vientiane.
It started last month when the border along the Mekong River was closed by the Thai Government following clashes between Thai and Laotian troops and the announcement of the new Laotian Communist Government.
The first Soviet emergency supplies arrived in Tuesday (27 December when an Antonov-12 air transport aircraft flew in Vientiane with a 12 ton mixed cargo, of basic foodstuffs and petrol, that had been donated by several Communist countries.
Food prices have increased as much as tenfold in Vientiane during the past few weeks. There has been shortages of butter, milk, cheese, sugar and salt in the capital for almost three weeks.
Petrol stations are dry and traffic has dwindled to 1960 level; the roads are speckled with abandoned cars.
Laos is also due to receive economic aid from China, but details are still unclear. The country is already getting help from North Vietnam.
Laotian Foreign Minister, Phoun Sipraseut had said his country is ready to discuss the border issue with Thailand -- but "not under pressure."