JFK and Nikita Khrushchev at the Vienna Summit in 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

Image of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, left, and U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

The meeting between Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and US President John F. Kennedy took place in Vienna, Austria, on June 3-4, 1961. The summit was an important event during the Cold War and was aimed at improving relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The Vienna Summit was the first face-to-face meeting between Khrushchev and Kennedy since the latter became president. The main topics of discussion were nuclear weapons, disarmament, and the status of Berlin, which was a divided city at the time. The soviet leader sought to test Kennedy’s resolve and push for concessions on Berlin.

The meeting was characterized by a tense atmosphere and difficult negotiations. Khrushchev was known for his strong and confrontational style, while Kennedy sought to maintain a firm but diplomatic approach. Despite efforts to find common ground, the summit did not result in any major agreements or breakthroughs.

The Vienna Summit is notable for setting the stage for future confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union, particularly the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. It also highlighted the growing tensions and ideological differences (i.e. capitalism versus communism) between the two superpowers of the time.


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