JULY 11, 2012
THE SHOWDOWN WITH KHRUSHCHEV VI
Kenneth O'Donnell sums up the summit meeting in Vienna between President John F. Kennedy & Premier Nikita Khrushchev this way:
"Even though (the) meeting in Vienna ended in flat disagreement on the two big issues, Berlin* & nuclear testing, both of them gained an understanding & a respect for each other."
Kenny goes on to write that later Khrushchev sent JFK a model of an American whaler made of walrus tusk & whalebone.
But not only that, he sent "Pushinka", a direct offspring of Russian space dog, "Strelka".**
Pierre Salinger's Office
June 21, 1961
Photo by Robert L. Knudsen
JFK Library Image
*The Berlin Crisis ended on October 21, 1961 when Khrushchev announced that he was not going to insist on signing a separate treaty with East Germany before the end of the year.
**Jackie had asked the Premier to send her one of the puppies, but she didn't really think he would.