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July 06, 1962

CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION PRESIDIUM PROTOCOL 40

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    Malin provides notes from Issa Pliev, who would be named commander of Soviet forces in Cuba. They make reference to Kennedy's Independence Day speech, and draft a response, to the remarks made therein.
    "Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Presidium Protocol 40," July 06, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGANI, F. 3, Op. 16, D. 947, Ll. 25-26. Translated and edited by Mark Kramer, with assistance from Timothy Naftali. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115068
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Matters Concerning Cuba

Cde. Pliev — the commander.[1]

Regarding practical matters.

Defense equipment, then other equipment.

Speak out in criticism of Kennedy and Rusk for their speeches marking Independence Day [4 July].[2]

Look at drafts of monuments.

Concerning the subway.

Concerning metal, concerning tires —the republics must be responsible.

[1]Translator’s Note: Issa Aleksandrovich Pliev (1903-1979), a much-decorated Soviet commander in World War II, had been elevated to the rank of Army General in 1962 shortly before he was appointed commander of Soviet forces on Cuba.

[2] Translator’s Note: President John F. Kennedy spoke at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on 4 July 1962, urging Americans to “be ready for a Declaration of Interdependence . . . to discuss with a united Europe the ways and means of forming a concrete Atlantic partnership . . . to throw off the yoke of poverty . . . balance our world-wide trade . . . and deter any aggression in order to achieve a world of law and free choice.” See “Address at Independence Hall, July 4, 1962,” in US Office of the Federal Register, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: President John F. Kennedy, 1962, Vol. 2, pp. 591-593. US Secretary of State Dean Rusk joined the president in Philadelphia and voiced similar themes in his own remarks there.