A senior NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander has warned the Soviet Union could intervene in Poland at any moment.
SCU & GV Chairman of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee Admiral Robert Falls speaking in English (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: FALLS: "The ability of the Soviets to intervene in Poland is such that they could do it with very little warning indeed. I'm now talking hours, not days, or certainly not weeks. However, I want to ensure that you understand that this is an ability, a capability, and has nothing to do whatsoever with any speculation as to whether they will or what their intentions will be. That they are in a state of readiness now, that they can move practically without... we would hear about it almost after the event and so it is terribly important that whatever the alliance does, it does not exacerbate the situation and adversely impact on the intentions of the Soviet Union and I think that is a judgement that my colleagues in the Military Committee and certainly the major NATO commanders would agree with. But, again, it's not even our decision; it's the decision of the political masters".
Four American Advanced Warning planes have been sent to West Germany to monitor the situation on Poland's borders. The planes can monitor military movements at least 250 miles (400 kilometres) away and will be used to keep track of Warsaw Pact forces near Poland.
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Background: A senior NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander has warned the Soviet Union could intervene in Poland at any moment. Canadian Admiral Robert Falls, chairman of the North Atlantic Military Committee, made his comments on Tuesday (9 December) following a NATO conference in Brussels. However, Admiral Falls cautioned that the Soviets' ability to intervene did not necessarily mean they intended to do so.