167. Telegram From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson1
Washington, September 1, 1968, 0344Z.
CAP 82331. Subject: Rusk-Dobrynin meeting. State 231374.2
- Soviet Amb Dobrynin at his request called on Secretary at home evening Aug 31 shortly before 8 pm EDT. Dobrynin’s oral communication was in effect official message in response to Secretary’s request for assurance from the Soviets regarding Rumania and the Secretary’s warning on Berlin.
- Dobrynin said that fears and rumors regarding Soviet military moves against Rumania were completely without foundation and also that there would be no such moves against Berlin.
- Regarding Berlin, however, Dobrynin said that Tag der Heimat was kind of demonstration in Berlin that created problems for the Soviets which US should take seriously into account.
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Czech Crisis. Secret. Received at the LBJ Ranch on August 31 at 11:01 p.m., CDT.↩
- Telegram 231374, September 1, provided a summary of the August 30 Rusk-Dobrynin conversation and the August 31 Leddy-Bogdan conversation to NATO capitals. (Department of State, Central Files, POL 27–1 COMBLOC–CZECH)↩