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A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include the possibility of the Soviet Union raising the U-2 incident at the U.N. Security Council; Soviet press coverage of the military operation which had brought the plane down; and statements issued by Christian Herter, the American Secretary of State, giving further information regarding the flight. Other subjects discussed include speeches given by Soviet leaders about the incident, including threats to sign a peace treaty with Germany and remove the Western "occupiers" by force; and Soviet, French, and American press coverage of those speeches. Documents in the file include an American press release about the note given to the Soviet government stating that the plane was on a weather research mission; and a statement admitting that the plane was gathering intelligence, but that its flight had not been authorised by president Eisenhower.
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