INTERNATIONAL: Russia on the March Again

As everybody expected she would some day, Russia demanded Bessarabia from Rumania last week. And as everybody expected he would, King Carol II gave in. That much of what went on in the Balkans last week was accepted with a shrug by sophisticates in Realpolitik. Everything else was surprising.

It was surprising that Russia's Premier Viacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov took no trouble to make King Carol's capitulation easy. On the contrary, he handed Rumanian Minister Gheorghe Davidescu a brusque note demanding Bessarabia and northern Bucovina within 24 hours. The ceding of northern Bucovina, which, unlike Bessarabia, Russia never owned, would repay...

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