The Suez crisis began on October 29, 1956, when Israeli forces headed for Egypt towards the Suez Canal, after the nationalization of the canal by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-70), a valuable waterway that controlled two-thirds of the oil used by Europe. The Israelis were… Read more Kornienko: I just don`t know what the Soviet response would have been if the United States had attacked Cuba and destroyed Cuban leaders, the government and many Cuban and Soviet citizens. I hope we will not respond with a nuclear attack. But who knows? It is quite possible that we did so in the situation you are asking for. Of course, if you… All right. I cannot say these words in Russian or English to describe the terrible result of such acts. The emissaries sent by Kennedy and Khrushchev agreed to meet on Saturday, October 27 at the Chinese restaurant Yenching Palace in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, DC.  Kennedy offered to accept Khrushchev`s offer to distribute the missiles. Unknown to most EXCOMM members, but with the support of his brother, the president, Robert Kennedy had met with Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin in Washington to find out if the intentions were real.  EXCOMM was generally opposed to the proposal because it would undermine NATO`s authority, and the Turkish government had repeatedly stated that it was opposed to such trade.
When it was reported to President John F. Kennedy, he then convened a meeting of the nine members of the National Security Council and five other key advisers in a group known as the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM). After consulting with them, Kennedy ordered a maritime blockade on October 22 to prevent further missiles from reaching Cuba. The United States announced that it would not deliver offensive weapons to Cuba and demanded that weapons already deposited in Cuba be dismantled and returned to the Soviet Union. The missile crisis was one of the scariest events of the Cold War. The 13-day showdown brought the world`s two superpowers to the brink of nuclear war. In the fall of 1962, the United States requested that the Soviets build new missile bases in … Read more After Fidel Castro`s agreement, the Soviet Union worked quickly and secretly to build missile installations in Cuba.
On October 16, reconnaissance photos of Soviet missile installations under construction in Cuba were shown to President John Kennedy. After seven days of intense and intense debate within the U.S. government, during which Soviet diplomats denied the construction of offensive missile facilities in Cuba, President Kennedy announced in a televised address on October 22 the discovery of the facilities and announced that any nuclear missile attack from Cuba would be considered an attack by the Soviet Union and would respond accordingly. It also imposed a naval quarantine on Cuba to prevent other Soviet shipments of offensive military weapons from reaching them.