366. Memorandum of Conversation0
- Ambassador Anatoliy F. Dobrynin, USSR
- Llewellyn E. Thompson, Ambassador-at-Large, Department of State
I made the oral statement which is attached hereto. The Ambassador said he wished to ask how he should translate the sentence reading “The United States could, of course, consult with any government in this Hemisphere from whose territory we have information that flights were originating against Cuba … .” He asked if this meant that we knew where these flights were coming from. I replied that we probably had some suspicions. I did not think the information was specific, and asked him to add the word “indicating” after the word “information.”
The Ambassador said he hoped that Mr. Khrushchev’s motives in raising this question were understood. He said that the Chairman believed it was to our mutual interest to reduce tension in the Caribbean and to avoid a crisis over the Cuban problem.
I said I was sure that the President did understand, and thought that our position was clear from the statement which I had just made to him.
- Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 77 D 163, Special US-USSR Files, 1963. Secret. Drafted by Thompson.↩