The Cuban Missile Crisis
On October 25 Khrushchev responded to Kennedy's speech and agreed to remove the missiles if Kennedy made a public agreement never to invade Cuba.10 Fidel Castro was never consulted about this which angered him greatly, but it was in Russia's best interest to agree to peace because none of the military bases were finished yet in Cuba, and if war was waged now then Russia would surely lose. Although Kennedy already agreed to the first letter of peace from Kruschev, two days he received a second letter asking America to also remove their missiles from Turkey as a condition of the agreement. This was an aggressive letter and suggested not just Khrushchev had not written it. Ignoring the second letter, Kennedy hoped Khrushchev would still accept the terms of the first peace letter, which he did. On October 28, Khrushchev announced over Radio Moscow that he would remove the Soviet nuclear weapons, and under US supervision the missiles were transported back to Russia. A potentially disastrous conflict was averted.
In conclusion, a the major reason that a military conflict was averted was the cooperation between Kennedy and Khrushchev and their commitment to peace. Neither was willing to wage war, specially not Russia since their missile bases in Cuba were unfinished. Kchruschev would not have been willing to defend Cuba from American invasion anyway, suppose a war did break out.…
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