International: Unto the Day

"The catch in dealing with the Russians," says one high U.S. official who has been doing it for years, "is that you have to buy everything twice—and the second time you pay more."

When Jimmy Byrnes and Ernie Bevin left Moscow last week Big Three relations were back at the Potsdam stage of cooperation; the agreement on the peace treaties closely followed the Potsdam line. As usual, there had been a slight charge for alterations. At Potsdam, for example, America and Britain had in effect agreed that Russia could run the Baltic states. At Moscow, they added the Balkans.

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