Pravda Editorial, Soviet troops in Afghanistan? Pure fabrication. December 23, 1979
Original Source: Pravda, 23 December 1979.
Recently Western, and especially American, mass news media have been disseminating deliberately planted rumors about some sort of interference by the Soviet Union in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. They have gone so far as to claim that Soviet military units have been moved into Afghan territory.
It is common knowledge that relations between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan are based on a firm foundation of good neighborliness, non-interference in each other s internal affairs and equal, mutually advantageous cooperation. These relations have become considerably stronger since the April  revolution, when power in Afghanistan shifted to the hands of the people, who have begun the construction of a new life.