A Cardboard Castle? An Inside History of the Warsaw Pact, 1955-1991

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Document No. 91: Report on Conversation between
Marshal Kulikov and Senior East German Military
Officials, June 13, 1981

In this colorful account of a conversation between Soviet Marshal Viktor Kulikov and East German generals in Dresden, Kulikov reveals a great deal about both Soviet military strategy and thinking toward Poland, and quite a bit about his own person- al views as well. His reference to a Soviet operational group working at the base at Legnica is significant because by the following month there is evidence that it had been withdrawn, which indicates the timing of the Kremlin's decision to give up on a military solution, at least for the foreseeable future. On the personal side, Kulikov sprinkles his remarks with disparaging comments about Poland. He tells his audience how happy he is to see the orderly landscape of the GDR after the chaos in Poland, and alludes to the "Polish disease" of Catholicism and to the "misery" of Polish nationalism and argumentativeness.

"…"

At the beginning of his remarks, Marshal of the Soviet Union "Viktor" Kulikov explained why this meeting was taking place in the guest house of the 1st guard tank army in Dresden.

There are two reasons for it:

1. Since all his activities are being tracked by the Polish comrades, he wanted to avoid having this meeting with representatives of the National People's Army of the GDR and of the Czechoslovak People's Army become public.

2. He intentionally drove by car from Legnica to Dresden to break free from the Polish atmosphere and to see once again properly cultivated agricultural areas as well as cities and villages that make the heart jump.

Marshal of the Soviet Union Kulikov stressed that he was holding this conversation on behalf of CPSU CC Politburo member and Minister of Defense of the USSR Cde. Marshal of the Soviet Union "Dmitrii" Ustinov.

The goal of the meeting consists in giving information about the 11th plenum of the CC of the Polish United Workers' Party and in presenting recommendations on how to continue work regarding the Polish Army.

"…"

Marshal Kulikov currently assesses the state of the Polish Army as follows: He himself has had many meetings and encounters with the leading cadres of the Polish Army and is in permanent contact with Minister "Wojciech" Jaruzelski and all his deputies.

The higher commanders of the Polish Army know the situation in the country and are worried that the party and state leadership are not pointing the way out of this complicated situation.

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