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  • September 11, 1963

    MAE Cable Report on MLF

    Note by Italian Embassy in Athens on meetings with officials from the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs concerning MLF and greek government's point of view on Atlantic defense.

  • April 15, 1965

    Letter from Gen. D. Dikov to V. Semichastni on Acquired Materials from Greek and UAR Embassies in Sofia

  • August 17, 1965

    Letter from Dutch Envoy in Bucharest to Minister of Foreign Affairs, 'Invitation for reception in honor of North Korean National Day'

    The Envoy has received a North Korean invitation which he did not respond to; only the Greek Ambassador received this invitation as well.

  • October 01, 1965

    Letter from V.Semichastni to A. Solakov Thanking Him for Greek, Arabic and Israeli Materials

  • May 30, 1967

    Minutes of Conversation between Yugoslav President Josip Borz Tito and UAR Ambassador Mohamed Handy Abuzeid, in Varga

    Minutes of conversation between Tito and UAR ambassador Mohamed Handy Abuzeid, discussing the situation in the Middle East. The ambassador states the UAR's goal is peace thought a diplomatic solution at the UN. They also discuss Yugoslavia's problems with Greece and how the Yugoslavs might improve relations with Albania. Yugoslavia and the UAR express their hope to improve economic ties and maintain their good relations.

  • May 30, 1967

    Report on the talks of Josif Tito with UAR Ambassador Abuzeid in Vanga

    Tito and Ambassador Abuzeid discuss events in Egypt and the Middle East.

  • September 20, 1973

    Minutes of Conversation between Todor Zhivkov – Leonid I. Brezhnev, Voden Residence [Bulgaria]

    The two leaders discuss trade agreements, the situation in the Balkans, and policies toward Yugoslavia, Romania and the PRC.

  • October 27, 1973

    Telegram from Pyongyang, SECRET, No.061482, Urgent

    Popa notes Kim Yeong-nam's concern regarding interference of the USSR and USA in the Yom Kippur/October War as a source of a wider conflict, contrary to the optimism expressed by the North Korean leadership.

  • March 01, 1974

    Bulgarian Military Intelligence Report on Turkish Military Operation in Cyprus

    The Ministry of Defense has received information for Turkish plans for invasion of Greece in an event of escalation of the conflict in Cyprus.

  • March 19, 1974

    Report to Todor Zhivkov Regarding a Request for Arms Delivery to Cyprus in View of a Possible Greek Coup on the Island

    Wary of a coup attempt sponsored by Athens, Makarios government seeks Bulgarian assistance for closing an arms deal with Czechoslovakia.

  • March 22, 1974

    Intelligence Information No 21 from Gen. V. Zikulov to T.Zhivkov on the Situation in Cyprus and Greece

  • July 23, 1974

    Bulgarian Military Intelligence Report on Greco-Turkish Battles in Cyprus

    Report on the hostilities between the two countries during the 1974 Cypress Crisis.

  • December 09, 1975

    Memorandum of Conversation, Todor Zhivkov – Süleyman Demirel

    The two leaders discuss Bulgarian-Turkish trade relations, initiatives for the Balkans; Greco-Turkish relations, and the issue of repatriation of Bulgarian ethnic Turks.

  • September 08, 1979

    Bulgarian Intelligence Analysis of US-Greek Relations

    A report on the state of bilateral relations with emphasis on military co-operation and the US mediation of the Greco-Turkish disputes.

  • July 02, 1985

    Memorandum on Hijacking of TWA Flight 847

    "On the question of exchanging hostages from the aircraft seized in Athens for Shiite prisoners in Israel."

  • September 26, 1986

    Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Intelligence, 'European Review [Redacted]'

    Brief summaries of intelligence from Europe.

  • April 22, 1989

    Official talks between Todor Zhivkov and Andreas Papandreou, Prime Minister of Greece

    Official talks between the President of the State Council of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov and the Prime Minister of Greece Andreas Papandreou regarding Greek-Bulgarian relations.

  • June, 2007

    The Vernii (Devoted) Case. Folder 92. The Chekist Anthology.

    In this entry, Mitrokhin draws upon KGB files to describe Ivan Illarionovich Ortinskii-“Vernii” (b. 1922), a native of the Lvov region, Ukraine. A priest in a Greco-Catholic church, Vernii pursued his religious studies at the Vatican and lectured at a seminary in Rome in 1964. Beginning in 1973, Vernii lived in Ingolstadt, Federal Republic of Germany (FRG). According to the entry, the KGB established contact with Vernii when the latter visited his parents and kin in Lvov in 1968. In 1971, Vernii was recruited as an agent by the KGB branch of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Between 1971 and 1974, collaboration between Vernii and the KGB took place within the territory of the Ukrainian SSR. As an agent, Vernii provided the KGB with information regarding his church, and the leadership of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). Mitrokhin’s summary of KGB documents indicates that Vernii transmitted information to the KGB through his sister, Ukrainian SSR agent “Chestnaya” (born Ortinskaya). Mitrokhin concludes the entry by stating that in 1978, Vernii informed the KGB from Vienna that he would no longer work as an agent, since he had aroused much suspicion within the Greco-Catholic Church.

  • June, 2007

    Actions to Promote Discord. Folder 90. The Chekist Anthology.

    Contains information on active measures undertaken by the KGB residency in Ankara, Turkey during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The residency carried out active measures to destabilize Turkey’s military regime, undermine US military personnel’s sense of security through the publication of threatening leaflets, inflame the rivalry between Greece and Turkey, and foster anti-American sentiments. Mitrokhin provides detailed descriptions of several operations involving altered or fabricated personal correspondence, as well as newspaper articles written by, or ‘inspired’ by KGB agents or confidential contacts. The KGB residency claimed that these operations resulted in, among other things, the removal of Foreign Minister Nuri Birgi from office, and the expulsion of several American diplomats for allegedly interfering with Turkish elections.