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December 22, 1989

TELEGRAM FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN MOSCOW TO THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (BUCHAREST) (2)

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    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) regarding discussions with Soviets concerning the events in Eastern Europe and the backlash against the old regimes
    "Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Moscow to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bucharest) (2)," December 22, 1989, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs—Arhivele Ministerului Afacerilor Externe (AMAE), Moscow/1989, vol. 10, p. 313. Translated for CWIHP by Mircea Munteanu. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111569
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22 December 1989, 07:30 am

Cde. Constantin Oancea, Deputy [Foreign Affairs] Minister
Directorate 1—Socialist Countries, Europe

During a conversation between N. Stinea and V. L. Musatov, Deputy Director of the International Department of the Central Committee (CC) of Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) [Musatov], referring to the situation in Eastern European countries, declared:


The processes taking place [in Eastern Europe] are the result of objective needs. Unfortunately, these processes taking place are [sometimes] incongruous. In some countries, such as Hungary and Poland, the changes that took place went outside the initial limits planned by the [local] communists, who have [now] lost control. The situation is also becoming dangerous in Czechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic [GDR]. At this time, in Bulgaria the [Communist] Party is trying to maintain control, however, it is unknown which way the situation will evolve. As far as it is concerned, the CPSU is trying to give aid to the communists. Representatives of the CC of the CPSU have been or are at this time in the GDR [and] Czechoslovakia to observe the situation personally. The attitude towards the old leadership is regrettable. For example, [East German Communist Party leader] E[rich] Honecker will be arrested. In the majority of these countries there are excesses against the communists. The Soviet government is preoccupied with the future of "Our Alliance." [The Soviet government] is especially interested in the evolution of events in the GDR, in the background of the discussions taking place regarding reunification. The Soviet Union is following all these events, but is not getting involved in the internal affairs of the respective countries.
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(ss) [Ambassador] Ion Bucur