Ivan Ivanovich Kovalenko, Deputy Chairman of ihe Soviet-iti Friendship Society who is now visiting JapanB
I said hat "the American
oomoin^otMaipnoti^will not increase the danger to Soviet ships. m absolutely positive that the Americans will not bomb thc Soviet ships by error, Therefore, the recent American bombing of Haiphong will notause for greater tension between the Soviet Union and the United .States. The Soviet Union will not be provoked by auch American military operations as the Haiphong bombings." The Japanese word used Co- bombings can be translated as "accidental bombing or error in bombing. "
also expressed his belief that there will be no quick solution to the Vietnam War and that the Soviet Union expects the war to continue for many years, perhaps ten or even twenty. He said that the Soviet Union will continue to help the Vietnamese as long aa help is needed,Original document.