In the early part of 1939, most critics of the Government treated one proposition as axiomatic. Germany and Russia were implacable enemies. Russia was therefore willing and anxious to join with the Western Democracies, Poland, and any other threatened state in common defence against Germany. If that common defence were not established, it would be the fault of one or more of the other Allies, who refused to give Russia proper consideration as a Great Power, or refused reasonable conditions required by the Soviet Union which were essential for an effective alliance. At the time of Munich — so the story ran — Russia had been cold-shouldered by Britain and France, with disastrous results. This must not happen again!
KeywordsThreatened State Baltic State Mutual Assistance Common Defence Military Alliance
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