SUMMITRY: Any Other Day in May

U.S. Ambassador Llewelyn Thompson and family were opening presents around the tree in Spaso House Christmas morning when the phone rang. It was the Soviet Foreign Ministry, asking the ambassador to drop by Andrei Gromyko's office. An hour later Ambassador Thompson received a letter from Premier Khrushchev, assuring President Eisenhower that Khrushchev would be glad to go to a summit meeting in Paris next spring, just so that he could get back to Moscow in time for May Day. The same message also went to the British and French.

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