Tuesday, 13 December 2022 — National Security Archive
Left in the dark about missile exchange, Pentagon study drew wrong conclusions
Khrushchev: “We were truly on the verge of war”
Castro: “A great indignation”
Washington, D.C., December 13, 2022 – In the immediate aftermath of the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev met with the Czechoslovakian Communist Party leader, Antonin Novotny, and told him that “this time we really were on the verge of war,” according to minutes of their October 30, 1962, meeting posted today by the National Security Archive. “How should one assess the result of these six days that shook the world?” he pointedly asked, referring to the period between October 22, when President Kennedy announced the discovery of the missiles in Cuba, and October 28, when Khrushchev announced their withdrawal. “Who won?” he wondered.