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President Kennedy's Message to the Soviet People

Nov. 28, 1961 - President Kennedy told the Soviet people today that they could live in peace if their Government halted its efforts to promote conspiratorial communism throughout the world. In a long-sought opportunity to give the Russians his unfiltered views on the Berlin crisis, nuclear testing, disarmament, and the general deterioration in East-West relations, the President calmly but firmly blamed the Kremlin for major tensions. His words were faithfully reproduced in today’s edition of the Soviet Government’s official newspaper, Izvestia. Mr. Kennedy said “there would be nothing” to disturb relations between Moscow and Washington if the Soviet Government tended only to the welfare and security of its own people and allowed other peoples to choose their forms of government.

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