Under the pressure of the Common Market? The USSR and Spain in search of “personal contacts” in beginning of 1960s
Under the pressure of the Common Market? The USSR and Spain in search of “personal contacts” in beginning of 1960s
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The edge of 1950s-1960-s was marked by attempts to develop both from the Spanish and the Soviet side pragmatic cultural and business relations in a situation of an absence of official bilateral relations. One of the main reasons was a rapid development of the common market and sharpening of economic competition in Europe. A history of the secret telegram in the name of Anastas Mikoyan from a circle of Spanish companies and intermediaries in 1961 is a part in a chain of such confidential talks. It didn’t lead to any radical changes in bilateral relations but facilitated some relaxation of ideological tensions between Nikita Khrustchev and Francisco Franco in 1963-1964.
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Mikhail Lipkin
Director of the Institute of World History RAS. Professor at the MGIMO University