Reference FO 371/152001
Title Northern (N): Soviet Union (NS). Shooting down of U2 Aircraft
Former Foreign Office Reference Code NS file 1381 (pp 73 to 81)
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 Japan, Norway, Poland, Togo, United Kingdom, United States
People Christian A. Herter, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Frederick Hoyer Millar, Harold Caccia, Harold Macmillan, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Ilya Ehrenburg, James Hagerty, Nikita Khrushchev, Patrick Dean, Peter Scarlett, Pierson Dixon
Key Events U-2 incident
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A file containing documents relating to the downing of an American U-2 plane. Subjects discussed in the file include Soviet press coverage of the reasons given by Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet premier, for withdrawing from the Paris summit following the U-2 incident; and American gratitude for British support for their stance at the United Nations. Other subjects discussed include a Norwegian government reply to a Soviet protest about the American use of military bases on Norwegian territory for espionage purposes; Japanese public and governmental responses to a Soviet protest about the presence of U-2 aircraft on Japanese soil; and a Polish diplomat's views of the reasons for the Soviet withdrawal from the summit. Documents in the file include the text of a televised speech given by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American president, following his return from Paris; and a report on American Senate hearings on the incident and the summit failure.


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