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  • 1980

    Soviet briefing on the need to counter-balance Yugoslav endeavors concerning the Afghan question in the non-aligned countries

    This document provides an assessment of Yugoslavia’s policy regarding non-aligned countries. The Soviet Union analyses how to counter-balance the non-alignment movement with its foreign policy. The topic of non-interference in internal political matters, and the opinion of Ghana, Kuwait, and India regarding Soviet involvement in Afghanistan are discussed.

  • 1980

    Soviet briefing on the correspondence between Tito and Brezhnev

    This document reveals correspondence between Brezhnev and Tito. Tito expresses his worries about international politics relating to NATO's decision regarding long/medium range missiles, and advocates for Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Brezhnev emphasizes the ideological and pragmatic importance of Soviet involvement in the Middle East, and discusses the role of NATO in Europe.

  • January 04, 1980

    Note from the Soviet Ambassador to Afghanistan on Radio Broadcasting Station

    The USSR ambassador to the DRA confirms the decision to build a radio broadcasting station.

  • January 04, 1980

    Meeting of Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko and Afghan Foreign Minister Shad Mohammad Dost, 4 January 1980

    Gromyko and Dost discuss the situation in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and foreign relations between Afghanistan and Western countries.

  • January 04, 1980

    Meeting of Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko and Afghan Foreign Minister Shad Mohammad Dost, 04 January 1980

    Meeting of Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko and Afghan Foreign Minister Shad Mohammad Dost on how to deal with negative opinions of the DRA by the West.

  • January 04, 1980

    Jimmy Carter, 'Address to the Nation on the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan'

    Jimmy Carter proposes sanctions in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • January 07, 1980

    Memorandum on the discussion with the Afghan side concerning the building of a radio broadcast station

    Confirming the decision to build a medium-wave broadcasting station, this CC CPSU includes information about station's construction site, its time frame for being built, and the economic credits which will be used to finance the project.

  • January 10, 1980

    Telegram from GDR Embassy in Moscow to Socialist Unity Party (SED) Central Committee Secretary Hermann Axen et al.

    Based on conversations with the Soviet Foreign Ministry, the situation in Afghanistan is stabilizing.

  • January 17, 1980

    CPSU CC Politburo Decision, On the Situation in Afghanistan

    CPSU CC Politburo decision on measures to be taken regarding the situation in Afghanistan

  • January 17, 1980

    CC CPSU Politburo transcript (excerpt)

    CC CPSU Politburo transcript of a meeting on the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on relations with the West

  • January 20, 1980

    Letter by President Jimmy Carter to the President of the United States Olympic Committee Robert Kane

    Jimmy Carter explains his call for a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics in reponse to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

  • January 21, 1980

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Berlin to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, January 21, 1980, 017019, Secret

    A description of North Korea's stance towards solving the Korean reunification problem, especially in relation with foreign attention to domestic political issues of South Korea.

  • January 23, 1980

    CPSU CC Memo with excerpt from Protocol #180/64, 23 January 1980

    Concerns orders to Soviet troops.

  • January 23, 1980

    Report on the talks of Gyula Horn, representative of the HSWP CC Foreign Department in The United States and Canada

    This document provides a summary of the main points covered in a meeting of Hungary, the United States, and Canada. The US expresses concern about the Soviet's offensive in Afghanistan, how it may lead to a preponderance of Soviet power in the region. The US contends it needs to maintain its influence in the Middle East-despite additional Soviet influence-as it is important for raw materials.

  • January 25, 1980

    CPSU CC Memo with excerpt from Protocol #181/2 and attachments, 25 January 1980

    Concerns Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

  • January 28, 1980

    CPSU CC Politburo Decision, with Report by Gromyko, Andropov, Ustinov, and Ponomarev, 27 January 1980

    CPSU CC Politburo Decision, with Report by Gromyko-Andropov-Ustinov-Ponomarev, 27 January 1980 regarding the strengthening of the Afghan position and how to counteract Western positions on Afghanistan

  • January 29, 1980

    Decree of the Secretariat of the CC CPSUm Granting Technical Assistance to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan in the Construction of a 1000 kWt Medium-Wave Radio Broadcasting Station

    CC CPSU decree, approving aid necessary to build a radio station in the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. The USSR Ministry of Communication provided technical assistance to install the communication system.

  • January 31, 1980

    Secretary of Defense Harold Brown to Ambassador-at-Large Gerard C. Smith, enclosing excerpts from memoranda of conversations with Geng Biao and Deng Xiaoping.

    The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 had an immediate impact on U.S. policy toward Pakistan and U.S. aid to the anti-Soviet resistance through Islamabad. With these considerations, the U.S. chose to “set [the nuclear issue] aside for the time being.”

  • February, 1980

    Polish Record of Soviet alliance Meeting in Moscow, February 1980

    Discusses the growing aggression seen in China and the effects of its closer relationship with the United States.

  • February 01, 1980

    CPSU CC Politburo Decision