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The Vienna summit was a summit meeting held on June 4, , in Vienna, Austria, between President John F. Kennedy of the United States and Premier Nikita. In fact, Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev had decided in the spring to the exceptionally close fraternal relationship between John and Robert. During the Cold War, Nikita Khrushchev and JFK wrote to one another regularly, and even exchanged gifts. One from Khrushchev was a dog, called Pushinka. But the relationship between Khrushchev and Kennedy continued to . 4 Woman killed 'leaning out of train window' between Bath and Bristol.
Kennedy felt "that if he could just sit down with Khrushchev" the two leaders could work out their interstate conflicts. The American ambassador to Moscow, Llewellyn E. Thompsonfeared that Kennedy misjudged Khrushchev's personality and intentions.
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These regional conflicts became major items on the Vienna Summit agenda. The Berlin question[ edit ] Between and2. Khrushchev understood Ulbricht's concern but feared that a potential intervention from Western powers would destabilize East Berlin further.
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Thompson warned in February that if there were "no progress" on Berlin and Germany, Khrushchev would "almost certainly proceed with [his] separate peace treaty The Berlin Question—whether or not the U. The signing of a separate peace treaty with Berlin did not appeal to American policymakers, who felt comfortable with the division of Germany and Berlin itself.
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A peace treaty threatened the established balance of power and could potentially lead to the United States losing all its influence in East Berlin. The Laos question[ edit ] A lesser-known conflict fueled controversy at the Vienna Summit as well. Under this context, Khrushchev and Kennedy discussed the Laos situation at length at the Vienna Summit.
On April 18,Khrushchev sent Kennedy a telegram that said, "Mr.Marilyn Monroe and JFK documentary
President, I send you this message in an hour of alarm, fraught with danger for the peace of the whole world. Armed aggression has begun against Cuba. Kennedy knew that the Cuban invasion sparked controversy.
Therefore, Kennedy felt it crucial to meet with Khrushchev as soon as possible. He hoped that open channels of communication could remedy some of the conflict between the U.
Khrushchev and Kennedy met in Vienna on June 4, Kennedy meeting Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev and Kennedy devoted a significant amount of time at the Vienna Summit to discussing the Berlin Crisis.
Khrushchev opened the conversation by expressing the Soviet perspective that a united Germany "[constituted] a threat of World War III.
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Only 15 years after the end of that war, Germany again posed a "military threat" as a member of NATO. Such a treaty, he argued, "would not prejudice the interests of the U. Kennedy replied that American forces occupied Berlin "by contractual rights" rather than by the agreement of East Germans.
Although Kennedy argued that the current balance of power in Germany was effective, Khrushchev said that "no force in the world would prevent the USSR from signing a peace treaty.
In his memoirs, Khrushchev claims that the outcome of the missile crisis was a "triumph of Soviet foreign policy and a personal triumph", but few, even on the Soviet side, have seen it that way.
Khrushchev's then foreign minister, the dour Andrei Gromyko, in his scanty memoir account of the Cuban events praises Kennedy "a statesman of outstanding intelligence and integrity"but is silent on Khrushchev.
While the crisis is historically the "Cuban" crisis, Cuba was perhaps a subsidiary consideration for Khrushchev, as Castro later noted — ruefully — in conversation with Soviet emissary Anastas Mikoyan: Shipping nuclear missiles to Cuba in secret was, in fact, Khrushchev's dangerous quick fix — militarily and psychological — for a substantial strategic imbalance between the superpowers.
Of course, the defence of Cuba by deterrence remained a part of the equation.
Too often forgotten is that Kennedy, using mercenaries, had tried, and failedto remove Castro at the Bay of Pigs in April The US had then continued a vicious and extensive campaign of overt and covert aggression against Cuba, encompassing harassment, sabotage, economic and political warfare, plans to destroy the sugar crop and to assassinate Castro. Kennedy — and, possibly even more, his brother Robert — wanted to see Castro finished. The secrecy essential to Khrushchev's plan was breached when a U-2 overflight of Cuba spotted the missiles on 14 October.
Kennedy had the aerial photographs on his desk on 16 October, initiating "13 days" of an "eyeball to eyeball" crisis, which ended on 28 October. In fact, the crisis was shorter and arguably less dangerous than often portrayed.