International: Stalin's Friendship

Russia slapped an old friend in the face last week. Without warning, the Soviet Government cancelled its treaty of friendship with Turkey and called for a new deal.

Bitter enemies in the 18th and 19th Centuries, the two defeated, revolutionary nations fell into each other's scrawny arms after World War I. They were among the first to recognize each other's new regimes, signed their treaty in 1925, and remained fast friends until World War II. One source of irritation may be Russia's only outlet from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus, which Turkey kept closed to...

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