Reference FO 371/151998
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp 30 to 46)
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 Canada, Ceylon, France, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
People Andrei Gromyko, Bernard Burrows, Christian A. Herter, Dag Hammarskjöld, Frederick Hoyer Millar, Geoffrey Harrison, Harold Macmillan, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Hugh Gaitskell, Maurice Couve de Murville, Nikita Khrushchev, Patrick Dean, Patrick Reilly, Pierson Dixon, Selwyn Lloyd
Key Events U-2 incident
Notes The following article has been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The Times, 25 May 1960, Pakistan Retort - Soviet Violation of Airspace.
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Article(s) from Manchester Guardian reproduced with permission of Guardian News & Media. Copyright Guardian News & Media Ltd 2017.


A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include Soviet protests to the Turkish and Pakistani governments about their roles in the flight; the Turkish and Pakistani responses; and a further Soviet note accusing the Pakistani government of not taking the issue sufficiently seriously. Other subjects discussed in the file include Soviet protests to the Iranian government about military exercises involving American aircraft; a Soviet request for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council; British policy on the American suggestion of U.N. surveillance flights to prevent surprise attacks; and the attendance of Western foreign ministers at the U.N. meeting. Documents in the file include a minute from the British ambassador in Moscow about the incident and the Paris summit; a Soviet protest lodged at the U.N.; and drafts of the British speech to be given at the U.N.


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