CHANCELLERIES: Big Four (1940)

Russia's interest in the Dardanelles and the Middle East is not one of adventurous postwar opportunism. It antedates the Communist Revolution, and will not be abated (though it may be hushed) by Western "firmness and patience." To gain the Dardanelles and the Middle East, Russia was actually willing in 1940 to join the Axis and in 1943 to sign a separate peace with Germany. This is not rumor or speculation; it is fact set down in black & white detail in documents captured in Germany and now in the hands of the...