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March 23, 1963

FROM THE JOURNAL OF A.I. ALEKSEYEV, 'RECORD OF A CONVERSATION WITH FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, PRIME MINISTER OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, 17 FEBRUARY 1963'

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    Alekseyev discloses the Soviet Union's agreement to relate its military withdrawal to Kennedy through diplomatic channels.
    "From the Journal of A.I. Alekseyev, 'Record of a Conversation with Fidel Castro Ruz, Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba, 17 February 1963'," March 23, 1963, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AVP RF, f. 0104, op. 19, p. 124, d. 3, l. 67. Obtained by James G. Hershberg and translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/177831
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Top Secret Copy Nº 1

23 March 1963

Outgoing Nº 88

from the journal of

A. I. ALEKSEYEV

RECORD OF A CONVERSATION

with Fidel CASTRO RUZ Prime Minister

of the Republic of Cuba

17 February 1963

I met with Fidel Castro and informed him that the Soviet government agrees with his ideas expressed in yesterday’s conversation about bringing the withdrawal of a unit of the Soviet military specialists, which has begun, to the attention of the US government through diplomatic channels.

Castro was very pleased with the rapid and positive reply to his request and declared how happy it was to hear that the Soviet leaders quickly understand us and respect our interests. In the connection Castro asked what category of specialists will be withdrawn first and how many will remain in Cuba.

I replied that all these problems will probably be decided during the upcoming talks between our military people, but right now people are leaving who have served out their terms and are not directly connected with the equipment.

USSR AMBASSADOR IN THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA (A. ALEKSEYEV)