Reference FO 371/151999
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting Down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp 47 to 54)
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, Meeting Minutes
Subject Countries Soviet Union
Countries Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ceylon, Ecuador, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Malaya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Rhodesia, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States
People Andrei Gromyko, Christian A. Herter, Dag Hammarskjöld, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frederick Hoyer Millar, Gary Powers, Harold Caccia, Harold Macmillan, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Maurice Couve de Murville, Nikita Khrushchev, 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, 27 May 1960, Soviet Spy Exhibit Shown at U.N..


A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include the attendance of Western foreign ministers at a United Nations meeting to discuss the incident; the implications of the failure of the Paris summit meeting caused by the incident for the role of the superpowers and of the U.N.; and British, French, and American consideration of how to handle the U.N. meeting. Other subjects discussed in the file include a U.N. resolution on the issue proposed by non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council; and Commonwealth countries' press and political reactions to the incident and the summit failure. Documents in the file include a list of Soviets arrested or expelled for espionage in the United States; the text of the Soviet U.N. resolution and memorandum; the minutes of the Security Council meeting discussing the Soviet resolution; and an event chronology.


aerial reconnaissance, aircraft, aircraft crashes, airspace, American foreign policy, American-French relations, American-Soviet relations, Anglo-American relations, arrests, attachés, Berlin, British Commonwealth, British foreign policy, British press, civil aviation, diplomatic disputes, diplomatic expulsions, East-West relations, espionage, freedom of speech, French foreign policy, French-Soviet relations, Indian press, military aviation, nuclear tests, nuclear weapons, propaganda, public opinion, Second World War, Soviet foreign policy, speeches, spy planes, telecommunications, The Times, threat of war, United Nations, United States Air Force, West Berlin

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