BRITAIN-RUSSIA: Diplomats in Waiting

In May of last year a brainy, bespectacled ousted leader of Britain's Labor Party became a missionary. Just back from a round-the-world trip with long stopovers in Russia and Free China, Sir Richard Stafford Cripps was convinced that despite the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, Russia might yet be Britain's ally in World War II. His mission: to go to Moscow and help bring this about.

This week Missionary Sir Stafford saw his mission accomplished. In Moscow, after two audiences with Joseph Stalin, he sat down with Foreign Commissar Viacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, drafted and signed...

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