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A file of correspondence and legal material on the Soviet armed forces. The file reports a speech by the Soviet Minister of Defence, Rodion Malinovsky, after the shooting down of an American spy plane, in which he threatened to attack any military base used by aircraft which went on to violate Soviet airspace; and later comments by Nikita Khrushchev indicating that it would be at the discretion of military commanders whether conventional or nuclear weapons would be used in the strike. The file discusses the motivation for the threat, suggesting that it covered Soviet vulnerability to further overflights; and the text of a joint NATO protest to be delivered if the Soviet threat were repeated. The file also reports the military equipment displayed during the May Day parade in Moscow, and the relatively low rank of the Soviet commander-in-chief in East Germany, which suggested the command would be reduced.
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