Updated: 26-Oct-2001 1968

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If NATO and the Warsaw Pact states are learning to live together, with some semblance of normality, the Soviet Union's determination to exercise rigid control over Eastern Europe remains as strong as ever. In 1953, the Soviet Union had suppressed protests by East German workers; in 1956, Soviet tanks crushed the anti-regime rebellion in Hungary. Now it is the turn of Czechoslovakia. While remaining loyal to Communism, the Czech leader, Alexander Dubcek, had begun to introduce liberal reforms but his Prague Spring is terminated in August 1968 when Soviet tanks enter the city.


19 Jan

The United States and the Soviet Union table a draft nuclear non-proliferation treaty at the Geneva Disarmament Conference.

24-25 June

The Ministerial meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Reykjavik, Iceland reviews current measures affecting access routes to Berlin and issues a Declaration on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions.

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20-21 Aug

Soviet, Polish, East German, Bulgarian and Hungarian troops invade Czechoslovakia.

12 Sept

Albania renounces its membership of the Warsaw Treaty Organisation.

13-14 Nov

Formation of the Eurogroup.

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15-16 Nov

The North Atlantic Council denounces Soviet actions in Czechoslovakia as contrary to the basic principles of the United Nations Charter and issues a warning to the USSR.

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