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October 25, 1962

NOTES ON THE VISIT OF SOVIET CHARGé D’AFFAIRES, LOGINOV, WITH FOREIGN MINISTER WAHLEN

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    Notes on the visit of Soviet Chargé d’Affaires Loginov with Foreign Minister Wahlen and their discussion of Switzerland's "policy of peace."
    "Notes on the visit of Soviet Chargé d’Affaires, Loginov, with Foreign Minister Wahlen," October 25, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Schweizerisches Bundesarchiv, 2804 (E): 1971/2, UdSSR (Union der Sozialistischen Sowjetrepubliken). Conversation between Federal Councilor Friedrich Wahlen and the Soviet Chargé d’Affaires, Sergej Loginov, 10/25/1962. Translated from French by Stephanie Popp. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/115441
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Berne, October 25, 1962

[Handwritten:] [Sergej Tichonovic] Loginov

Visit of the Chargé d’Affaires of the USSR* with the head of the Foreign Ministry

[Handwritten:] 25. 10. 1962

The Chargé d’Affaires of the USSR read to Mister Federal Councilor [Friedrich Traugott] Wahlen the Russian declaration regarding Cuba and gave him the text in Russian. This text is identical to the one already published by the press.

The head of the [Foreign] Ministry thanked [trans. note: the Chargé d’Affaires]. It should be noted that the Russian declaration was already known to him and that he had given it his attention.

The Chargé d’Affaires said that, given the seriousness of the situation, his government had found it necessary to give notice of this statement to the Federal Council. He hopes that Switzerland will do its best to maintain peace.

Mister Wahlen reminded him of Switzerland’s policy of peace. This [trans. note: policy] hopes that a solution will be found between the two parties.

The Chargé d’Affaires said that he was well aware of Switzerland’s policy of peace. He hopes that the declaration will help [trans. note: the Federal Council] to better understand the Soviet point of view. He alluded to the American bases in the proximity of the Soviet border. He mentions specifically those in Norway. The USSR did not use this as an excuse to establish a blockade around that country. He added that Cuba conquered its independence and that it did not pose a threat to the United States. In return, the United States have threatened Cuba’s independence continuously. In Latin America, the opposition that manifests itself against the United States is but the consequence of the European policies.

(The text of the declaration was given to Mr. Schmidlin)

[Handwritten signature:] Micheli

CC: Embassy of Switzerland, Moscow

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