3. Message From Chairmen Khrushchev and Brezhnev to President Kennedy0

Dear Mr. President: We congratulate you on the occasion of your inauguration. Availing ourselves of this opportunity we wish to express the hope that by our joint efforts we shall succeed in achieving a fundamental improvement in relations between our countries and a normalization of the whole international situation. We are convinced that, step by step, it will be possible to remove existing suspicion and distrust and cultivate seeds of friendship and practical cooperation between our peoples. On its side the Soviet Government is always ready to support any good undertakings in this direction and do everything in its power in order that durable peace may be established in the world, so that all nations may live in friendship and without enmity.

  • N. Khrushchev
    Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR
  • L. Brezhnev
    Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR
  1. Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204. No classification marking. The source text is a Department of State translation of a commercial telegram from Moscow. Another copy of this message is in the Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Countries Series, USSR, Khrushchev Correspondence. This message is also printed in Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States:John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 3, and American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1961, p. 559.