Aftermath of the crisis

The Cuban Missile Crisis had mixed consequences. While the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union improved, there was also some dissatisfaction for all involved in the conflict. For the Soviet Union and for Castro’s Cuba, there were also negative long-term consequences. 

After the crisis, the relationship between the two superpowers saw an improvement. In 1963, US President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in which he acknowledged the Soviet Union’s achievements and recognised its people’s suffering during WWII. The speech was well received by Soviet Union’s Premier Nikita Khrushchev and, in July 1963, he agreed to a test ban treaty (which would only allow nuclear tests to be performed underground) with the US and the UK.

Fidel Castro, whose demands were ignored during the crisis, was disappointed at what he perceived as the...

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