Libya's vocally radical leader, Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi, has arrived for talks in Moscow amid increased speculation he will sign a formal friendship and cooperation pact with the Kremlin.
A diplomat from a hard-line Arab country said privately that such a pact was "very likely," staff correspondent Ned Temko reports from Moscow, but neither Soviet nor Libyan officials had immediate comment on the subject.
Diplomats suggested that the most important question surrounding the visit by Mr. Qaddafi, his first here since 1976, was whether the two sides would agree to wider military ties.
Colonel Qaddafi, linked by Reagan administration officials to international "terrorism," has purchased enormous stocks of Soviet military equipment in recent years. But he has so far avoided offering the Soviets military facilities, diplomats say.