CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS • In April 1961,the leaders of the USSR were worried that the US would invade cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro. • Cuba was an ally of the Soviet Union and recieved both diplomatic and financial aid from it. • Nikita khruschev, the leader of Soviet Union decided to convert cuba into a russian base. • In 1962 , Russia placed nuclear missiles in cuba. The installation of these weapons put the US, for the first time under fire from close range. • Three weeks after the Soviet Union had placed the nuclear weapons in cuba, the Americans became aware of it. • The US president John F kennedy and his advisors were reluctant to do anything that might led to full scale nuclear war between the two, but they determined to get khrushev to remove the missiles from cuba. • Eventually both sides decided to avoid war. • The Cuban Missile crisis was a high point of what come to be known as the cold War.