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  • October 27, 1962

    Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Presidium Protocol 62

    Protocol 62 illustrates how it was Khrushchev who raised the stakes during the missile crisis and dictated a new letter to Kennedy indicating he would only remove the missiles from Cuba in exchange of the United States withdrawing its military bases from Turkey and Pakistan. The Pakistan demand would later be dropped, however and the US would only agree to remove its IRBMs from Turkey.

  • October 27, 1962

    Soviet Intelligence Report on Meeting with Scali and American Proposal

    Report on the exchanges between the KGB Station Chief in Washington and ABC News correspondent John Scali. They discuss possible Soviet actions in West Berlin in the case of an American invasion of Cuba and an American offer not to invade Cuba if Fidel Castro publicly pledges to dismantle the long-range missiles. Washington would agree to let Cuba keep the defensive-type missiles and might make a secret pledge to withdraw the American troops in the South.

  • October 27, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet delegate to the UN Zorin to USSR Foreign Ministry

    Soviet response to American changes to U Thant’s proposal.

  • October 27, 1962

    Cable, Ambassador Dobrynin to the Soviet Foreign Ministry, Meeting with Robert Kennedy

  • October 28, 1962

    Memorandum from S. P. Ivanov and R. Malinovsky to N. S. Khrushchev

    Malinovsky and S.P. Ivanov report the shooting down of an American aircraft, which had taken surveillance pictures of the disposition of troops on Cuba.

  • October 28, 1962

    Cable from Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko to USSR Ambassador to Cuba Alekseev

    Gromyko asks Alekseev to relay a message to Castro regarding U Thant’s possible visit.

  • October 28, 1962

    Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko's Instructions to the USSR Ambassador to the USA

    Gromyko instructs Dobrynin to tell R. Kennedy N.S. Khruchev’s response to John F. Kennedy’s 27 October message.

  • October 28, 1962

    Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko's Instructions to the USSR representative at the United Nations

    Gromyko sends instructions to Zorin regarding negotiations and UN inspections in Cuba.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Ambassador to the USA Dobrynin to USSR MFA

    Dobrynin’s description of R. Kennedy’s response to Khrushchev’s message

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Ministry to Soviet diplomats in Washington, Havana and New York

    US procedures for ships bound for or in transit to Cuba.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Ministry to Soviet diplomats in Washington, Havana, and New York

    The US consul informed the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the procedures of the quarantine.

  • October 28, 1962

    Message from Bertrand Russell to Khrushchev

    Bertrand Russell expressed his admiration for the manner in which Khrushchev dealt with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from TROSTNIK (Soviet Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky) to PAVLOV (General Isa Pliev)

    Malinovsky tells Pliev he was "too hasty" for shooting down a US U-2 spy plane and instructs him to dismantle and remove R-12s missiles.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from TROSTNIK (Soviet Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky) to PAVLOV (General Isa Pliev)

    Malinovsky orders Pliev not to dispatch fighter aircraft in order to avoid collisions with US reconnaissance planes.

  • October 28, 1962

    U Thant's message to Khrushchev

    U Thant expressed his consent at the Soviet effort to resolve the Cuban crisis and informed Khrushchev of his upcoming visit to Cuba. U Thant said that he was happy to know that the USSR had sent Mr. Kuznetsov to New York to work with him. Prospect of UN monitors in Cuba was also mentioned.

  • October 28, 1962

    Letter from Khrushchev to Fidel Castro

    Khrushchev informed Castro of his deal with J.F.Kennedy. The Soviet leader warned Castro of attempts to sabotage the agreement by men in the Pentagon and urged him to restrain from being provoked, e.g. firing at American planes.

  • October 28, 1962

    Letter from Fidel Castro to Khrushchev

    Fidel Castro explained to Khrushchev his decision to shoot down American planes operating in Cuban air space and reaffirmed his opposition to any inspection of Cuban territory.

  • October 28, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet delegate to the UN Zorin to USSR Foreign Ministry on meeting with Cuban delegate to the UN Garcia-Inchaustegui

    A meeting where Zorin and Garcia-Inchaustegui discuss a proposed visit by U Thant to Cuba and new US action if Cuban construction projects relating to armament building did not stop.

  • October 28, 1962

    Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Presidium Protocol 63

    According to Protocol 63, Khrushchev probably assumed that Kennedy’s patience was at an end and the Cuban Missile Crisis might either be resolved or spin out of control, and the Kremlin again considered how it might respond to a US attack. If anyone suggested a preemptive strike, or even a retaliatory strike, against a target outside of the Caribbean, Malin did not note it for the official record.

  • October 28, 1962

    Cable from USSR Ambassador to Cuba Alekseev to Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Alekseev transmits the details of a meeting with President Dorticos, who relays the feeling of the Cuban people regarding Soviet withdrawal of missiles.