NATO’s Standoff with the USSR over Yugoslavia

Stalin felt threatened by Tito’s effectiveness and support for Greek communists. He wanted to depose Tito. There were proxy wars, border incursions, assassination attempts, and 80,000-soldier military drills. There were enormous purges of spies or suspected spies with many people getting executed. In the Eastern block, the “Titoists” became the enemy of the day for a while.

NATO decided to defend Tito, even though he was communist because Yugoslavia was a buffer to Italy and Greece. Starting in 1950, NATO provided military aid and drafted a plan to make their line of defense of Europe within the territory of Yugoslavia.