Why did the Soviet Union decide to send missiles to Cuba?

1 Answer
Jan 28, 2017

It reflected the tensions of the Cold War.


The Batista government overthrown by Castro in 1959 was capitalist but also a brutal dictatorship, backed by the Americans and with close links to the mafia who ran the brothels and casinos. America's trade embargoes towards Cuba pushed Castro towards the Soviets.

The Soviet leader Khrushchev saw the deployment of missiles as an opportunity to balance American missiles i Europe and to test the new Presidency of Kennedy.