Said Deputy Soviet Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov: "England, Italy, Germany, who all have recognized Soviet Russia de jure, are capable of absorbing all our raw materials and providing all the manufactured goods we need. We didn't buy recognition. Some countries are still trying to bargain with us; others still are muttering about old debts, etc. We refuse any such negotiations or any preliminary conditions. We demand, first of all, de jure recognition. That is our due."

This statement was held to mean that Russia would have nothing to do with countries denying...

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