Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Moscow 10 November 1975

'Let me understand what you're saying comrade. I'm responsible for the foreign policy of the Soviet Union, directly accountable to the Central Committee and you're telling, forgive me... advising me that we really have no choice but to support Castro on his crusade'

'Comrade Minister, I believe it is my duty to advise you that there is a very real risk that the Cuban adventure in Angola will collapse unless they are granted minimal assistance in the form of long range air transport and weapons. I do not see that we need to provide personnel. Er..beyond aircrew of course...'

'Thank you comrade. I have to think about this. The General Secretary won't like it...'

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