Cyprus: Breather

Heeding a piercing and highly public appeal for help from Archbishop Makarios, Nikita Khrushchev duly pledged Russian aid should anyone (read Turkey) invade Cyprus. But Khrushchev also called for moderation and warned Makarios to lift his economic blockade of the Turkish Cypriots. Still, even the remote prospect of direct Russian intervention seemed a little chilling to all sides.

President Johnson fired off messages to Athens and Ankara, once again urging Premiers George Papandreou and Ismet Inonu to settle the Cyprus problem and unite before the common Red enemy. Implicit, at least, seemed...

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