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March 18, 1979

EXERPT FROM POLITBURO MEETING ON SOVIET INVASION OF AFGHANISTAN

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    CPSU CC Politburo Member Chernenko states that Soviet invervention in Afghanistan will lead to accussation of Soviet aggression
    "Exerpt from Politburo Meeting on Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan ," March 18, 1979, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, A. A. Lyakhovskiy’s “Plamya Afgana” (“Flame of the Afghanistan veteran”)”, Iskon, Moscow, 1999; p. 84 [TsKhSD, f. 89, per. 25, d. 1, pp. 12-25 footnoted as the original source] Translated for CWIHP by Gary Goldberg https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112465
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[At the 18 March 1979 Politburo meeting]: K. U. Chernenko: “If we introduce troops and beat down the Afghan people then we will be accused of aggression for sure. There's no getting around it here”