CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY8
SUBJECT: The Situation tn Czechoslovakia as. EDT
Speculation on the course and outcome of the talks is coming in from all sides, but none of it seems based on hard information. Both thc Czechs and TASS today aaid only that the meeting was taking place in an atmosphere of "frankness andhrase which, according to Communist usage, signals tough talk but not total
elements of theforces may beimited alert. TASS announced latethe rear services exercise which began Last week in theis now continuing In Poland and East Germany with theservices of the Polish and East German armies.
into Poland at several points along the USSR-Polish border.
The Soviets continue to reinforce their ground units in southern East Germany. There are now elements of as many aa ten Soviet divisions in the area adjacent to the Czechoslovak border. There has been no significant change in the status of theoviet combatwhich deployed into southern East Germany and southern Polanduly. ew aircraft have returned to home bases.
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East German Defense Minister Hoffmann was received in Moscow this morning by Soviet Defense Minister Grechko.
elements of the four
Soviet divisions In Hungary may be moving into the field.roadblocksmoving
toward Czechoslovakia8 July. No unusual Hungarian military activity was observed.
The Dubcek leadershipto _be *aking""stepn" Yo Lnjprqye its negotiating position at Cieraa. ove which may be morefor its timing than its content, theJCzechoslovaka yesterday gave the appearance ofimitgf censorship. The Interior Ministrypage list of official secrets to chief editors and publishers.
Italian Communist party leaders are keeping the pressure onTito
to Pragueoment's notice if requested to do so by the Czechos loveks,