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  • December 29, 1979

    Excerpt from the Minutes of the CC CPSU Politburo Meeting, 'Reply to an appeal of President Carter about the issue of Afghanistan through the direct communications channel'

    Soviet letter to US President Jimmy Carter responding to the US position on the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The CC CPSU Politburo informs the White House that the Soviet leadership desires to maintain detente with the US and that the intervention of Soviet troops was done at the request of the Afgan leadership, under Article 51 of the UN charter.

  • January 23, 1980

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

    Concerns orders to Soviet troops.

  • January 25, 1980

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

    Concerns Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

  • May 29, 1980

    Protocol #213/39, 29 May 1980

    This protocol gives the specifics of Soviet cooperation with the Sandinistas, especially in terms of propaganda (films, photography, Marxist-Leninist literature, etc.).

  • June 23, 1986

    CPSU Central Committee Resolution, 'On the Conception of Military Cooperation with Foreign Countries (Except for Socialist countries)'

    The CPSU Central Committee approves a proposal on military cooperation with non-socialist countries.

  • August 05, 1989

    CPSU CC Memo with excerpt of Politburo Protocol #164, 5 August 1989

    On the provision of additional war supplies to Afghanistan.

  • December 21, 1989

    Report Concerning the Complete Withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Mongolia

    This report states that the Mongolian authorities requested that Soviet troops be withdrawn following the 1989 Sino-Soviet summit and rapprochement. The writers included a draft decree ordering the removal of troops by July of 1991.

  • March 21, 1990

    Letter from Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR, M. Moiseyev to L.H. Zaikov, 21 March 1990.

    The letter concerns Afghanistan and arms sales.

  • March 27, 1990

    National Intelligence Daily for Tuesday, 27 March 1990

    The CIA’s National Intelligence Daily for 27 March 1990 describes the latest developments in the Soviet Union, Colombia, Kuwait, OPEC, Afghanistan, Cuba, Guatemala and El Salvador.