The Cuban Missile Crisis During The Soviet Union

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Introduction: After the end of the Second World War, the United States of America took initiative against the Soviet Union by placing medium range ballistic missiles in the Soviet Union 's’ neighboring country, Turkey, in 1961. To counter this, the Soviet Union sent nuclear missiles of their own to Cuba, and once the United States of America discovered this, a standoff ensued called the Cuban Missile Crisis. Although it appears that the Cuban Missile Crisis further separated the United States and the Soviet Union, the years after the crisis showed a growth in trust between the two nations through the process of negotiations, removal of offensive warheads, and multiple treaties. Feeling threatened by such devastating weapons placed so near to the country, the Soviets began to consider strategies to either remove the constant threat of an American nuclear barrage, or begin the process of placing missiles in Cuba in order to pose a threat to the Americans. After American spy planes captured evidence of these bases in the October of 1962, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with responding to the task at hand through communications with Premier Khrushchev of the Soviet Union. On October 28th, 1962 -- twelve days after the start of the crisis -- Kennedy and Khrushchev had reached a state of agreement under certain terms. In order for the Soviet missiles to be removed from Cuba, the United States would have to remove their own missiles from Turkey, ending the
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