Foreign News: April Fool?

The Soviet Union made an astonishing proposal last week. In 1,700-word notes to Britain, France and the U.S., Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov invited the U.S. to join his proposed pan-European security alliance and in return asked for a seat for Russia in the councils of NATO.

The proposal was unveiled, with a certain unconscious appropriateness, on April 1, and it actually amounted to this: 1) the U.S. would join a Kremlin-organized coalition conceived with the ultimate aim of pushing the U.S. out of Europe, while 2) Russia would contribute armed forces and help...

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