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  • November 04, 1962

    Record of Conversation between Zhou Enlai and North Korean Government Trade Delegation

    Premier Zhou Enlai and DPRK Government Trade Delegation discuss bilateral trade between China and North Korea. They emphasize the importance of exchanging requests for product types so as to improve quality of products produced from both sides. In addition, they are concerned about the trade imbalance between these two countries and with the Soviet Union. They emphasized the importance of self-reliance in economic development.

  • November 04, 1962

    Meeting of the Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba with Mikoyan in the Presidential Palace

    Minutes of the meeting between Anastas Mikoyan, Fidel Castro, and other members of the Secretariat of the ORI in the Old Presidential Palace. The purpose of this meeting is to resolve differences between the Cuban and Soviet governments in order to protect Marxist principles. Among other things, they discuss economic sanctions against Cuba, military intervention by other Latin American countries, the importance of the Cuban revolution to Marxism, and Cuba's relationship with the United States.

  • November 04, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Castro and Mikoyan

    Mikoyan discusses the Soviet decision to exclude the Cubans from negotiations with the US, regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis, with Cuban leadership.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Ambassador to Cuba Alekssev to USSR Foreign Ministry

    Alekseev reports to the Foreign Ministry about Castro’s dissatisfaction about not being consulted regarding the question of dismantling. Alekseev shows him some letters that passed between Khrushchev and Kennedy.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Ambassador to the USA Dobrynin to USSR Foreign Ministry (1)

    Dobrynin discusses an article in the “Washington Post,” concerning the Soviet Union, that appears to have received information directly from Robert Kennedy.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Minister Gromyko to Mikoyan and Alekseev in Havana

    Response to Alekseev’s telegram regarding Fidel Castro’s doubts as to the Khrushchev-Kennedy exchange of letters.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram (No.4448) from the Minister of the USSR Merchant Fleet to Captain of Ship "Amata" via Soviet ambassador in Havana (Alekseev

    Bakaev gives instructions to the captain of the “Amata,” regarding the UN representatives to be lodged on the ship.

  • November 05, 1962

    Cable from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, 'Instruction to Diplomatic Posts on How to Express Attitude in Response to Khrushchev’s Letters'

    Instruction to from the Chinese Foreign Ministry to the Embassy in Yugoslavia (and all other embassies) asking them to avoid commenting directly on the exchange of letters between Kennedy and Khrushchev, but positively indicate China's support for Cuba’s struggle.

  • November 05, 1962

    Cable from the Chinese Embassy in Cuba, 'Report of the Conversation between Charge d’Affaires Huang Wenyou and Severo Aguirre del Cristo, Member of the National Leadership Committee of Cuban Integrated Revolutionary Organizations'

    A report from the Chinese Embassy in Cuba to the Chinese Foreign Ministry of the Conversation between Charge d’Affaires Huang Wenyou and Severo Aguirre del Cristo, Member of the National Leadership Committee of Cuban Integrated Revolutionary Organizations about Cuban-Chinese relations and support.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from Brazilian Embassy in Warsaw (Valente), 4 p.m., Monday

    The Brazilian Embassy in Poland discusses Poland's sympathy on the Brazilian motion in the United Nations about the denuclearization and its favorable reflection in a solution of the Cuban crisis.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Moscow (da Cunha), 4:15 p.m., Monday

    Brazil's embassy in Moscow discusses visits by Novotny, Ulbricht and Gomulka to Moscow and says that there is the impression that the recent international events have created a state of disorientation in the community of socialist countries and that the great challenge of Khrushchev will be to accommodate this state of affairs in the short term.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Havana (Bastian Pinto), 5:30 p.m., Monday

    Pinto relays the message that Mikoyan intends to remain in Cuba at least one week, permiting a complete review of relations between Cuba and Russia, in face of the last events.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Havana (Bastian Pinto), 6:15 p.m., Monday

    Pinto briefly discusses the new representative of Cuba at the UN, Carlos Lechuga.

  • November 05, 1962

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

    Malinovsky informs Pliev that withdrawal of Luna missiles, FKR [cruise missiles] and IL-28 airplanes has not been discussed and they will probably be left in Cuba under his command.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from the Brazilian Embassy in Havana (Bastian Pinto), 4:45 p.m., Monday

    Pinto describes two recent speeches, one by Kennedy the other by Castro, and appears to give more credit and praise to the speech by Castro. He also discusses the Cuban crisis situation in general.

  • November 05, 1962

    Gromyko Cable to Kuznetsov and Zorin in New York

    Gromyko cable to Kuznetsov and Zorin in New York regarding preparation for International Red Cross' inspection of the Soviet ship "Amata", the number of observers on each vessel, division of the inspection cost, the duration of IRC inspection, and Soviet acceptance to let IRC observers inspect Soviet ships bound for Cuba.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from Soviet Ambassador to the USA Dobrynin to USSR Foreign Ministry (2)

    Dobrynin sends the results of a meeting with Robert Kennedy, during which Dobrynin clears up a “misunderstanding” between the Soviets and Americans and the two discuss American surveillance planes taking fire over Cuba.

  • November 05, 1962

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Minister Gromyko to Deputy Foreign Minister Kuznetsov and Ambassador to the UN Zorin in New York

    Gromyko relays instructions to Kuznetsov and Zorin regarding negotiations on lifting the blockade, elimination of tension and normalization of the situation around in the Caribbean Sea.

  • November 05, 1962

    Conversation between the Cuban Leadership and Mikoyan

    During Mikoyan's visit to Cuba, the Cuban leadership explains its position following the Missile Crisis. Fidel Casto suggests that, while the Cuban leadership still believes that the Soviet Union is sincere in its desire to protect the Cuban Revolution, mistakes had been made during the crisis. The Soviet decision to withdraw the weapons should was based on the exchanges between the Soviet leadership and US President John F. Kennedy, not on the previous agreements between the USSR and Cuba. Castro suggests that the USSR could chose to go back on its security guarantees to Cuba in order to safeguard the peace, but that the Cubans will resist American agression nevertheless. The document only contains the Cuban responses to Mikoyan, without the Soviet leader's answers.

  • November 05, 1962

    Memorandum of Conversation between Castro and Mikoyan

    Mikoyan, Castro and the Cuban leadership firther discuss the Soviet Union’s lack of regard for the Cubans during the missile crisis and the nature of UN inspections.