The Prague Spring 1968: A National Security Archive Documents Reader

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DOCUMENT No. 13: Letter from Leonid Brezhnev to Alexander
Dubcek Inviting a ČSSR Delegation to the USSR, March 16,1968

Source: ÚSD, AÚV KSČ, F. 07/15, Zahr. kor. c. 787.

This is the first of six confidential letters that Leonid Brezhnev wrote to Alexander Dubcek during the
1968 crisis. It is an invitation to the Czechoslovak authorities to send a delegation to Moscow for bilateral
talks. Although Brezhnev and his colleagues were already having misgivings about the events in Czecho-
slovakia, Brezhnev's letter addresses Dubcek in a warm and friendly tone.

(For Brezhnev's other letters see Documents Nos. 21, 35, 39, 49, 85.)

16 March 1968

To the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Cde. A. Dubček

Dear Cde. Dubček!

During your visit to Moscow at the end of January of this year, we spoke about the necessity of further developing contacts between the party and state leaders of our countries. During those talks the opinion was expressed that a ČSSR state and party delegation should visit the Soviet Union this year.

On the basis of this preliminary agreement, the CPSU CC, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, and the Soviet government invite a ČSSR state and party delegation to visit the Soviet Union for talks at the highest level at a time that is most convenient for the Czechoslovak comrades.

While your delegation is in the USSR, we can discuss with you, in a fraternal way, questions of interest to both sides. We are convinced that the visit of a ČSSR delegation to the USSR will play an important role in strengthening the fraternal friendship and all-round cooperation between our parties and peoples.

With communist regards

L Brezhnev General Secretary, CPSU CC

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