The decision to commit Soviet personnel to the UAR’s defense, coinciding as it did with a change in the CPSU’s approach toward the “progressive” Arab regimes, created a unity of purpose among the Pravda, Izvestiia and Krasnaia zvezda groups. The ensuing assertive Soviet policy evidently represented the convergence in these groups’ attitudes, with the military emerging as the chief proponent of a high-risk, aggressive approach.