February 04, 1965 : Rumors fly about U.S.-Soviet pressure on allies in Vietnam

Introduction

McGeorge Bundy, American Special Assistant for National Security, arrives in Saigon for talks with U.S. Ambassador General Maxwell Taylor. Two days later Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin arrived in Hanoi. There was worldwide speculation that their visits were linked–that the United States and the Soviet Union had agreed to pressure their “clients” into negotiations–but this was denied by all the principals. Bundy, in fact, was there to confer with Ambassador Taylor on the best way to deal with the political situation. And although Kosygin publicly proclaimed continued Soviet support for North Vietnam and the communist war, a Soviet participant in the talks later described the North Vietnamese as “a bunch of stubborn bastards.”

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February 04, 1965 : Rumors fly about U.S.-Soviet pressure on allies in Vietnam

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    2009

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    February 04, 1965 : Rumors fly about U.S.-Soviet pressure on allies in Vietnam

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    November 20, 2017

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