29 March 2009

Ahoy, Comrade

On this day in 1949, Andrei Gromyko was aboard the RMS Queen Mary on his way to New York as Chief Soviet delegate to the United Nations (UN), having been appointed to the UN Security Council in 1946. Later in his career he served as Soviet foreign minister to the United States, during which time he played a direct role in negotiations involving the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was also instrumental in the policy of detente between the United States and Soviet Union. In 1985, he became leader of the USSR (Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet) until replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev.

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