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February 12, 1963

BULGARIAN LEGATION, WASHINGTON (SHTEREV), CABLE TO FOREIGN MINISTRY

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    Bulgaria's Charge d' Affaires to the US Kiril Shterev writes to the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs explaining that the US planned on stationing B47 bombers in Turkey once the Jupiter missiles are removed from Turkey. Shterev cites journalist Paul Scott as his source for the information about the display of the Unites States' military presence.
    "Bulgarian Legation, Washington (Shterev), Cable to Foreign Ministry," February 12, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Archive, Opis 5s, a.e. 10, p. 37. Translated by Greta Keremidchieva and edited by Jordan Baev. Obtained by the Bulgarian Cold War Research Group. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116258
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INCOMING CABLE Nr. 1522

12 February 1963

To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

From: Washington

Written on 12 February at 12.00 pm

According to information by the journalist Paul Scott[1], the government of the United States intended to send a squadron of B47 jet bombers in Turkey, immediately after the disassembly of the bases, housing the Jupiter missiles.

Thus the US government would demonstrate before the world its military presence in Turkey.

[Ambassador] SHTEREV[2] Deciphered on 13 February 1963

Notes

[1] Paul Scott Mowrer worked for Chicago Daily News and New York Post, a Pulitzer Prize Winner.

[2] Kiril Shterev was Charge d’Affaires in US (1962-1963), and Ambassador to Canada (1967-1971), Iran (1973-1979), and Great Britain (1980-1987).