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The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over nuclear-tipped missiles based on Cuba was the moment when the two superpowers came closest to nuclear war. During secret negotiations, Cuba requested the help of the Soviet Union in placing nuclear missiles on the island to deter a future invasion. Construction of a number of missile launch facilities commenced, but tensions reached boiling point when Soviet ships with missiles on-board approached a US naval blockade of the island. As the two superpowers hovered close to the brink of nuclear apocalypse, messages were exchanged between President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev amidst extreme tension on both sides. In the end Khrushchev blinked first, informing Kennedy that work on the missile sites would be halted and that the missiles already in Cuba would be returned to the Soviet Union. In return, Kennedy promised that the US would never invade Cuba, and to withdraw missiles stationed in Turkey.