Reference FO 371/151997
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp 20 to 29)
The National Archives Closure Status File was closed for 30 years after creation, under the Public Records Act 1958.
Themes International Relations, Secret Intelligence and Espionage
Document Types Correspondence, Reports, Memoranda, Press and Media
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Afghanistan, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
People Allen W. Dulles, Andrei Gromyko, Bernard Burrows, Christian A. Herter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frank Roberts, Gary Powers, Nikita Khrushchev, Paul-Henri Spaak, Peter Scarlett, Pierson Dixon, Randolph Burgess, Roger Allen
Key Events U-2 incident
Notes The following article has been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The New York Times, 15 May 1960, Norway Protests to U.S. on Plane; Soviet Warns Her.
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A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include a press conference given by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, which non-communist journalists had not been allowed to report on, in which Khrushchev had criticised the American government and said that the Soviet Union would use nuclear weapons in the first minutes of a war with the United States. Other subjects covered include the Norwegian denial of knowledge about the plane or its mission; the impact of the incident on American-Soviet relations, the forthcoming East-West summit, and president Eisenhower's proposed visit to the Soviet Union; and the views of Soviet satellite states' and neutral countries' representatives at the United Nations about the likelihood of the issue reaching the Security Council. Further subjects discussed include NATO deliberations on the incident; and the views of the Soviet ambassador in Paris about the prospects for the summit.


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