The USSR was afraid that they have might have gotten hit by a missile first so they secretly hid a missile in Cuba. Another cause would be that and Nikita were afraid to lose Cuba in an invasion from the U.S.A, so they agreed to put missiles on their island because of protection. There were also many tensions with the USSR and the States with the peace program that Russia wanted to start. Then the U.S.A said that they would be tougher on Russia to end the Cold War. The USSR wanted all the power and so did the United States. Only one could have all of the power so the USSR acted first. In reality, both sides were scared of each other.
Khrushchev allowed missiles to be installed for a number of reasons. By this time it was clear to the Soviets that the U.S. had better and more numerous missiles. They were clearly winning the arms race. US missiles had a 'first strike' capability and could hit wherever they wanted in Russia. Additionally, the US, in agreement with Turkey, had allowed a missile base to be established. These details made Khrushchev feel as though the Soviet Union was being boxed in derp by America's military threat. By placing Soviet missiles in Cuba - within 90 miles of the U.S. - he levelled the playing field and also gained a 'first strike' capability. Castro had enormous fears that the U.S. military would invade Cuba in order to remove the communist from power. Castro and Khrushchev reasoned that the presence of Soviet ballistic missiles on the island would force the U.S. military to abandon any thoughts of invasion for fear of nuclear retaliation. No can really say for sure what was the exact thing going on in Khruschevs head when the missiles were placed but the above mentioned can’t be too far from it.
Cuba had a hostile temper towards America and this could have easily turned into an all out nuclear war amongst nations. The Soviet Union could have easily hit the US where it hurts while staying within a good distance. The US felt...
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