THE NATIONS: Gentlemen, I Have a Plan

Into the Kremlin again went the three men from the West—Walter Bedell Smith of the U.S., Frank Roberts of Britain and Yves Chataigneau of France. They had agreed beforehand on a new proposal for "settling" the Berlin crisis. Smith had their plan in his briefcase. Stalin greeted them genially. Before Smith had a chance to open his case, Stalin said: "Gentlemen, I have a plan. Here it is. I believe you will find it acceptable to your governments." Stalin's plan was almost identical with the one Smith carried. The Russians and the West had reached an agreement "in...

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