633. Telegram 2321 from Moscow, March 171

Eyes only. Deliver Brubeck only.

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Regret Embtel 2315 was not preceded by service message, as had been requested in service messages from Newton, as result error here. Trust our operational immediate service sent immediately upon receipt your 1968 was received in time to assure proper handling.

From Moscow point of view, fact I was able utilize occasion call on Kuznetsov to deliver protest on overflights provided complete cover and forestalled even curiosity whether other points involved. I informed Kuznetsov my statement this was purely private communication for Chairman from President which would not be published. However, should point out we are now in hands of Soviets, should Khrushchev decide to come back hard and publicize. Consequently believe we should all be alert to this possibility.

  1. Meeting between Kuznetsov and Kohler re President’s private communication to Khrushchev. No classification marking. 1 p. DOS, CF, POL CUBA–USSR.