The current situation when NATO deploys its weapons near the Russian border and Russia takes response measure looks very much like the notorious Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Tuesday.
"Not long ago, an ASEM Asia-Europe Meeting forum was held in Brussels, with more than 50 heads of state taking part. I spoke at that forum to warn about the danger of the current international situation, which is nearing the one in the early 1960s when the world lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis," he said at a meeting of the Astana Club international discussion platform, TASS reports.
"As a matter of fact, today’s rhetoric, deployment of NATO’s offensive weapons close to the Russian borders, within a distance of a four to five minutes’ flight and reciprocal measures taken by the other side, all this resemble the Cuban Missile Crisis," he noted.
In the secret operation Anadyr in the summer of 1962, the former Soviet Union deployed ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads to them to Cuba, an island located some 200 kilometers off the US coast. The 51st missile division with a personnel of more than 40,000 was deployed in September-October 1962. After the Soviet missiles were spotted by US intelligence services in October, relations between the two superpowers came to the brink of a nuclear confrontation. The 13-day standoff came down in history as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
On November 12-13, Astana is hosting the fourth meeting of the Astana Club, an international discussion platform for experts, politicians and diplomats from around the globe. Discussions center round challenges facing Eurasia in periods of crises and uncertainties.