Soon after Britain's Prime Minister Churchill argued in the House of Commons for "substantial relaxation" of trade restrictions between Russia and the West (TIME, March 8), the British government sent a list of specific proposals to Washington. President Eisenhower, appalled by the extent of relaxation called for in the British list, took the extreme (for him) step of a personal cable to Churchill.

The British trade proposals were "not safe," cabled Ike, and not "in the common interest of the free world." Not only should the West forbid Russia and satellites "equipment and raw materials" of "high war potential," but...

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