The US delivered, late May 12th, a restrained four paragraph reply to the USSR protest over the American spy plane shot down last week.
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Background: The US delivered, late May 12th, a restrained four paragraph reply to the USSR protest over the American spy plane shot down last week.
It was read for cameramen by Lincoln White, State Department Press Officer. It is becoming more and more the US practice to allow matters of this importance to be presented to the press and public by paid State Department and other officials.
Here are extracts:
"In its note the Soviet Government has stated that the collection of intelligence about the Soviet Union by American aircraft is a 'calculated' policy of the United States. The United States Government does not deny that it has pursued such a policy for purely defensive purposes. What it emphatically does deny is that this policy has any aggressive intent, or that the unarmed U2 flight of May 1 was undertaken in an effort to prejudice the success of the forthcoming 'meeting of the heads of government in Paris or to 'return the state of American-Soviet relations to the worst times of the cold war'. Indeed, it is the Soviet Government's treatment of this case which, if anything, may raise questions about its intentions in respect to these matters." .....
"For its part the United States Government will participate in the Paris meeting on May 16 prepared to cooperate to the fullest extent in seeking agreements designed to reduce tensions, including effective safeguards against surprise attack which would make unnecessary issues of this kind".