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November 04, 1945

CABLE, L. BERIA, G. MALENKOV, AND A. MIKOYAN TO CDE. STALIN

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    Lavrenty Beria, Georgii Malenkov, Anastas Mikoyan confirm the Politburo's decision to rebuke Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov for voicing unofficial opinions in a conversation with American Ambassador Harriman. Molotov registers his agreement with the rebuke and vows not to repeat his mistake.
    "Cable, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin," November 04, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 98, ll. 0044. Contributed by Sergey Radchenko and translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/208879
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to Cde. STALIN

We consider it necessary to adopt the following VKP(b) CC Politburo decision:

“Recognize that Cde. Molotov has made a mistake in the talks with Harriman in declaring as his own opinion about the acceptability of the voting procedure in the Far East Commission for Japanese matters according to which two votes of the four great powers are sufficient to adopt a decision in this Commission, since such a voting procedure creates the possibility of leaving the USSR in isolation and deciding questions notwithstanding the vote of the Soviet Union. Whereas in negotiations with the Americans it was necessary to insist upon the binding nature of the agreement of all four powers in adopting decisions of the Far East Commission.

Point out to Cde. Molotov that he did not have the right in the discussions with Harriman to favor the proposal about two votes and recognize Molotov’s manner of divorcing himself from the government and depicting himself as more liberal and more accommodating than the government as incorrect”. Nº 1291/sh [Translator’s note: the last paragraph was highlighted in the left margin].

L. BERIA

G. MALENKOV

A. MIKOYAN

4 November 1945

I agree with this draft decision. I will try not to make such mistakes in the future.

V. MOLOTOV

4 November 1945

VKP(b) CC

Authenticated: [signature] (Khokhlov)

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