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1968-05-10 Soviet Troop Movemments on Czec Border

1968-05-10 Soviet Troop Movemments on Czec Border

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[USSR-Czechoslovakia: Soviet troop movements
have
been
reported
along
the eastern portion of thePolish-Czechoslovak border.
It cannot yet
be determined if a Soviet show
of force, meant to pull the Czechoslovaks back to-ward orthodoxy,
is
in the making. The Soviets
probably would not intervene outright without
a
call for help from some segment of the Czechoslovak
party. Overtly at least, they have done little to
set
the
stage for such a request.Moreover, several Western diplomatic officers
who had left Warsaw by auto to visit areas of Po-
land were stopped or turned back by security of-ficers on 8 and 9 May. This is unusual in Poland.I The 2nd Guards Army, based in the extreme
northern part of East Germany, may have been placedon a high state of alert
 
but
there
are no reliable indications of troop movements.In Czechoslovakia there is_no evidence of
any
unusual military activity.jThere seems to be some nervousness in Prague,
nevertheless, about Soviet
intentions.
Radio Prague
on 9 May pleaded with "foreign listeners" to allow
10 May 68
 
k
w
TOP
SECRET
[Czechoslovakia to build its new society. The com-
mentator added "...the future depends on how to].er-ant our allies will be...but for God's sake let us
not have even an implication of
a
repetition of the
tragic history of the
reckoning of
Yugoslavia orperhaps even that of Budapest in 1956...."The liberal Josef Smrkovsky, president of the
Czechoslovak National Assembly, observed
in an in-
terview on Radio Prague on 8 May that he was moreconcerned about "disruptive movements" who would
z
like to use these times against the "socialist
order" than he was of the conservatives. Smrkovsky
accompanied party leader Dubcek to Moscow lastweekend and his statement seems to be reflectinga heightened sense of concern.
10 May 68
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