Aimee Andrade - The Cuban Missile Crisis Primary Source Analysis - The Cuban Missile Crisis Primary Source Analysis EQ How did USA and USSR avoid

Aimee Andrade - The Cuban Missile Crisis Primary Source Analysis

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The Cuban Missile Crisis Primary Source Analysis EQ: How did USA and USSR avoid nuclear conflict during the Cuban Missile Crisis? Document A: Letter From Chairman Khrushchev to President Kennedy DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, I understand your concern for the security of the United States… You wish to ensure the security of your country, and this is understandable. But Cuba, too, wants the same thing; all countries want to maintain their security. But how are we, the Soviet Union, to [understand] the fact that you have surrounded the Soviet Union with military bases; surrounded our allies with military bases; placed military bases literally around our country; and stationed your missile armaments there? This is no secret. . . . Your missiles are located in Britain, are located in Italy, and are aimed against us. Your missiles are located in Turkey. You are disturbed over Cuba. You say that this disturbs you because it is 90 miles by sea from the coast of the United States of America. But you have placed destructive missile weapons, which you call offensive, in Turkey, literally next to us. I therefore make this proposal: We are willing to remove from Cuba the [missiles] which you regard as offensive. Your representatives will make a declaration to the effect that the United States, for its part, . . . will remove its [missiles] from Turkey. We, in making this pledge, will promise not to invade Turkey. . .The United States Government will promise not to invade Cuba . . . The greatest joy for all peoples would be the announcement of our agreement. These are my proposals, Mr. President. Respectfully yours, N. Khrushchev Source: Letter from Soviet Chairman Kruschev to President Kennedy. U.S.,Department of State, FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES , 1961-1963, Volume XI, Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath. What deal does Khrushchev propose to Kennedy? Khrushchev propose to Kenndey that they will take out their missles that are located in Cuba if they will also remove missles from Turkey as well. This was the only agreement that they would remove their missles that were placed in Cuba. What is the tone of this letter? Provide a quote to support your claim. The tone that this letter represents overall is that he has a formal approach towards the sitaution. For
example, when he states, “The greatest joy for all peoples would be the announcement of our agreement.” He uses diction that someone who is willing to protect his family ( his country ) would use in order to make a deal with other president who is also like the head of a family.

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