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  • November 04, 1945

    Cable No. 3523, Stalin to Cdes. Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan

    Stalin responds with edits to a draft reply to American Ambassador Harriman's note on the control mechanism for Japan. Stalin counters Harriman's claim that he had agreed to give Allied Supreme Commander Douglas McArthur final say in Japan, and rebukes Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov for expressing unauthorized opinions in a meeting with Harriman.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Soviet changes to American proposals for the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan, drafted in response to objections Stalin raised in a telegram on November 4, 1945.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal about the Far East Commission

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Far East Commission, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal regarding the Control Mechanism for Japan

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Allied Military Council for Japan, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.

  • November 05, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 5 November 1945 at 1900'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman discuss proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan.

  • November 07, 1945

    Message to Mr. President Truman from Stalin

    Stalin confirms that all Soviet and American troops should be withdrawn from Czechoslovakia by December 1, 1945.

  • November 09, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 9 November 1945 at 1900'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union Harriman discuss lingering misunderstandings, questions, and disagreements between their two countries on the Allied Military Council and Far East Commission in Japan.

  • November 09, 1945

    Note Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman

    The United States rejects the majority of the proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism (Allied Military Council) and Far East Commission, expressing frustration at the Soviet Union’s unwillingness to commit to the American proposals in the unofficial bilateral negotiations.

  • November 10, 1945

    Cable No. 3550, Stalin to Cdes. Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan

    Stalin discusses Soviet reception of a speech in which Winston Churchill praised Russia and Stalin, the need to exclude viticulture and fruit-growing from the People’s Commissariat of Industrial Crops, and the urgency with which Soviet diplomats should be withdrawn from the regions in which Mao Zedong's troops are operating lest the Soviets be accused of organizing the Chinese civil war.

  • November 11, 1945

    Telegram via VcH from Stalin to Cde. Molotov

    Stalin asks Molotov for edits on reply to the American rejection of proposed Soviet changes to the control mechanism and Far East Commission for Japan.

  • November 12, 1945

    Molotov to Cde. Stalin

    Molotov agrees with Stalin's drafted reply to the United States on behalf of the four (himself, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan).

  • November 12, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to Mr. Harriman by V. M. Molotov on 12 November 1945

    This Soviet reply to the American government attempts to lay out Soviet changes to American proposals for a control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan and provides justification for those changes.

  • November 12, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman at 1900 12 November 1945'

    Molotov and Harriman argue, respectively, for the Soviet and American proposals for a control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan, failing to iron out differences between the two proposals.

  • November 15, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'Byrnes' Statement at a Press Conference'

    TASS reports on a press conference given by United States Secretary of State James Byrnes at which he spoke about conflicts between the Soviet Union and the United States over the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan in addition to other foreign policy issues.

  • November 16, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Swedish Press Continues to Spread Rumors'

    TASS reports on Swedish news stories on Stalin's rumored illness and the Soviet Union's isolation.

  • November 17, 1945

    TASS Report Distributed to Cdes. I.V. Stalin, V.M. Molotov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.P. Beria, G.M. Malenkov, and A. Ya. Vyshinsky, 'The Newspaper Le Pays on Attlee's Talks with Truman'

    TASS reports on a Le Pays article that cites Molotov on Soviet reservations about a meeting between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union in London following an Anglo-American conference.

  • November 19, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    The Government of the United States agrees to several of the suggested Soviet changes to the American proposals for a control mechanism in Japan.

  • November 19, 1945

    Memorandum Presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    The Government of the United States agrees to two of the suggested Soviet changes to the American proposals for the Far East Commission for Japan.

  • November 19, 1945

    Verbal Statement presented to V.M. Molotov by US Ambassador Mr. Harriman on 19 November 1945

    American Ambassador Harriman further clarifies the Government of the United States' position on the Far East Commission, the Allied Council for Japan, and the role of Supreme Commander General MacArthur.

  • November 19, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 19 November 1945'

    Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman continue their negotiations over the American proposals for the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan. Harriman introduces the possibility of Soviet troops taking part in the occupation under American Supreme Commander General MacArthur.