Russo-Japanese Relations

Archive Report

Soviet Russia and the Pacific War

Military Considerations Affecting Soviet Policy

If and when the Soviet Union will enter the war against Japan remains a closely guarded secret of the Kremlin. Roosevelt and Churchill may have been taken into Stalin's confidence, but the peoples of the Allied countries—including the people of the U. S. S. R.—are likely to remain in ignorance of Soviet plans until those plans are put into execution.1

Up to the present, concentration of Soviet military strength against Germany has accorded with the British-American policy of defeating Hitler first. Russian neutrality in the Pacific war has permitted shipment of lend-lease supplies through the port of Vladivostok for the use of Soviet forces on European fronts. At an earlier stage of the war Vladivostok would ...

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