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After the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia held in January 1968, the faction led by Dubcek maintained relations with Yugoslavia with a large degree of circumspection. The main reason was worries about a negative response from Moscow. The leaders of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia decided to change this trend in the second week of July. Henceforth, Yugoslavia was to be considered the same ally of Czechoslovakia as countries in the eastern bloc. As a part of the change, the top representative of Yugoslavia was invited to visit the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. Josip Broz Tito was to arrive in Prague on 31st July. However, due to the prolonged talks in Cierna nad Tisou and the meeting in Bratislava, the Czechoslovak-Yugoslav discussions at the top level started on 9th August. Josip Broz Tito did not arrive in Prague with a clear idea about the course and aims of the discussions. He knew that in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the West, the visit itself would be perceived as a clear manifestation of sympathies towards the process of revival. Tito expected that his hosts would inform him in detail about local political situation and all circumstances of the meetings in Cierna nad Tisou and Bratislava and would seek his advice and recommendations. Yet the atmosphere of the official part of the meeting was rather awkward.
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