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The World

January 06, 1987

The Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, in line with new rules covering military exercises, has invited Western observers to nine large-scale maneuvers this year, more than in all of the previous 10 years, NATO military sources said in Brussels. But North Atlantic Treaty Organization diplomats said they will wait until after the first such maneuver in Czechoslovakia next month before offering any assessment of Soviet Bloc compliance with the spirit of last year's Stockholm conference on East-West war games issues. The 35-nation Stockholm conference approved new rules for notification, verification and observation of military exercises.

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