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Moscow Radio Criticizes U.S. “Aggressive Plans” in Vietnam

Oct. 12, 1961 - The Moscow radio asserted today that Washington had “openly aggressive” plans to send troops to South Vietnam. It declared that such a step could “seriously complicate the situation in that part of the world.” The broadcast, making no threat to send in Soviet troops, declared that any U.S. action in dispatching troops would “trample on the Geneva agreement about Indochina.” The agreement prohibits sending foreign troops to South Vietnam. The broadcast, by Andrei Baturin, commentator on foreign policy, presumably reflected the views of the Kremlin. Pierre Salinger, President Kennedy’s press secretary, said there would be no White House comment on the Moscow broadcast.


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