191. Telegram From the Embassy in Yugoslavia to the Department of State1

4089. 1. My meeting with Tito this morning lasted one hour. During course of conversation he reviewed Yugoslav position with respect to Czechoslovakia and repeated firm support for objectives Dubcek government. He was frank in denouncing Soviet armed intervention, describing it as complete surprise to GOY, and deplored Soviet disregard of basic principles which should govern relations between states, saying Soviet prestige throughout world had suffered a grievous setback. Yugoslavia, he said, would continue to try to maintain normal relations with Warsaw Pact group but he was emphatic in stating Yugoslavia would firmly adhere to principles already publicly expressed. He asked my opinion of present state of Yugoslav-American relations and seemed satisfied with my answer. He did not pursue this point of suggesting material or moral support though I have impression this may come later. He volunteered to receive me at any time if my government should require any information or clarification of Yugoslav position and implied hope that I would be available if Yugoslav Govt had any suggestions to make. Full report of conversation being cabled.2

2. In view of tense situation in this area I feel it would be unwise to return to US on home leave and consultation as originally planned and have cancelled any such plans for time being.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 27–1 COMBLOC–CZECH. Confidential; Priority.
  2. Telegram 4093 from Belgrade, August 23. (Ibid.)