Fidel Castro and Alekseyev discuss the withdrawal of a Soviet military unit and potential political fallout.
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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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 In the connection Castro asked what category of specialists will be withdrawn first and how many will remain in Cuba.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)
Alekseyev discloses the Soviet Union's agreement to relate its military withdrawal to Kennedy through diplomatic channels.
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