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September 9, 1961

From the Journal of N.A. Belous, 'Record of a Conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz, 9 September 1961'

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from the journal of


Secret. Copy Nº 2

12 July 1961

Nº 313



with Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba

Fidel Castro Ruz


9 September 1961


At a reception held by the Bulgarian Embassy on the occasion of the national holiday, Liberation Day, I talked with Fidel Castro and in accordance with instructions [I] had received I informed him that the Soviet government had agreed to receive Deputy Minister of War [SIC] Sergio del Valle and Chief of the Operations Department of the General Staff and member of the NSP CC Flavio Bravo in September as guests of the USSR Ministry of Defense. I also told Fidel Castro that the USSR Ministry of Defense and the State Committee of the USSR Council of Ministers for Foreign Economic Relations had charged [me] with holding talks with a delegation on questions of interest to it.


We will also inform Fidel Castro about the conversation of Cde. N. S. Khrushchev and Argentine Ambassador in the USSR Barros Hurtado.


Fidel Castro asked [me] to pass [his] gratitude to the Soviet government for the attention which will be shown to the Cuban delegation being sent to the USSR as guests of the Ministry of Defense, and for the information about Cde. N. S. Khrushchev’s conversation with the Argentine ambassador.


Soviet Chargé d’Affaires in the Republic of Cuba



Belous informs Castro that the USSR Ministry of Defense has agreed to host members of the Cuban government as its guests in September 1961.

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AVP RF, F. 0104. Op. 17, P. 118, D. 4, ll. 210. Obtained by James G. Hershberg and translated by Gary Goldberg.


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