American and British Relations with Russia

Archive Report

Soviet-American Cooperation in World War II

Basic Russian-American Agreement of 1942

The United States and the U. S. S. R. are cooperating in World War II under an agreement “on the principles applying to mutual aid in the prosecution of the war against aggression” signed between Secretary of State Hull and Soviet Ambassador Maxim Litvinoff on June 11, 1942. Soviet Foreign Commissar Molotov, who had completed a five-day visit to Washington on June 4, participated in the shaping of the Russian-American agreement. Molotov had flown to Washington from London, where he had negotiated a 20-year mutual assistance treaty with Great Britain.

The document signed at Washington pledged the continued adherence of the United States and Soviet Russia to the principles of the Atlantic Charter.1 It acknowledged, on ...

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