The U.S., Britain & Russia would try again to stem the drift toward disunity. All were aware that the stakes were high; all carefully refrained from the optimism that had deepened the disappointment when the London Council of Foreign Ministers failed.
Washington, though it initiated next week's meeting of Big Three Foreign Ministers in Moscow, was especially solemn about the consequences of failure, especially chary of predicting success.
In hurried consultations to prepare for the Moscow talks, Washington officials stressed these points:
¶ International suspicion would not abate until the Russians were convinced...