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CORRESPONDENCE DURING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1941-1945 - vol 2

CORRESPONDENCE DURING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1941-1945 - vol 2

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CORRESPONDENCE
BETWEEN
THE CHAIRMAN
OF THE COUNCIL
OF MINISTERS
OF THE USSR
AND
THE PRESIDENTS
OF THE USA
AND
THE PRIME MINISTERS
OF GREAT BRITAIN
DURING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1941-1945
CORRESPONDENCE
BETWEEN
THE CHAIRMAN
OF THE COUNCIL
OF MINISTERS
OF THE USSR
AND
THE PRESIDENTS
OF THE USA
AND
THE PRIME MINISTERS
OF GREAT BRITAIN
DURING THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR OF 1941-1945

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Received on August 27, 1945

PERSONAL AND TOP SECRET
FOR GENERALISSIMO STALIN
FROM PRESIDENT TRUMAN

In response to your message of August 22, 1945, as far as the
base of the Kurile Islands is concerned, my idea was that use
of landing rights in the central Kuriles during the occupation
of Japan would be an important contribution to the cooperative
action we will be taking in connection with the carrying out of
the Japanese surrender terms as it would afford another route
for air connection with the United States for emergency use
during the period of occupation of Japan.
I also felt no hesitancy in bringing up the matter of landing
facilities for commercial use. You evidently misunderstood my
message because you refer to it as a demand usually laid before
a conquered state or an allied state unable to defend parts of its
territory. I was not speaking about any territory of the Soviet
Republic. I was speaking of the Kurile Islands, Japanese terri-
tory, disposition of which must be made at a peace settlement.
I was advised that my predecessor agreed to support in the
peace settlement the Soviet acquisition of those islands. I did
not consider it offensive when you asked me to confirm that
agreement. When you expect our support for your desire for
permanent possession of all the Kurile Islands, I cannot see why

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you consider it offensive if I ask for consideration of a request
for landing rights on only one of those islands. I consider the
request for discussion all the more reasonable because of the
close and cordial relations existing between our two Govern-
ments and between us personally. While I believe early discus-
sion of these matters would be helpful, I will not press it if you
do not wish to discuss them now.

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