east germany - oil deliveries interrupted
shipment of soviet oil to east germany through the "friendship" pipeline was interrupted for several hours on tuesday due to stoppages at pumping stations inand central poland. east german officials believe "politically motivated" disturbances caused the stoppages, we cannot confirm that such disturbances took place. the pipeline supplies aboutercent of bast german oil imports. the stoppages underscore the country's economic vulnerability to continued chaos in poland and constitute another reminder of the threat an unstable poland po3es for soviet forces in east germany.
approved for retoese date aug 9Original document.