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BREAKING! Russia Declassifies Yalta Conference Docs: USA & UK Opposed Poland Getting Eastern Germany

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These days marks the 75th anniversary of one of the key events in the history of World War II – the Yalta Conference Today, the Ministry of Defense declassified the documents related to the preparation of the meeting of the leaders of the three powers of the anti-Hitler coalition – the USSR, the USA, and Great Britain

It was in Yalta that the Allies outlined the contours of the post-war world, the world without global war, and made the most important decisions on the principles of its structure, including the decision to create the UN My colleague Ilya Kanavin reports about things many didn't know about this meeting but they will know it now Among the declassified documents there's just this photo: Churchill in the English cemetery in Crimea A few days before the picture, it was stuffed with German mines To get here the British prime minister, sappers of the Black Sea Fleet went through every meter

Minesweepers fished tons of mines from the water area The conference was prepared for a long time The Allies offered many venues, but not on the territory of the USSR Churchill invited them to Scotland, Stalin didn’t make a very polite joke: “I don’t like wet men in skirts” Roosevelt wanted to go to Greece or Malta

Russia held all the cards in their hands The Red Army at that time occupied almost the whole of Eastern Europe They defeated the Nazis, pushed the Nazis back and were ready to advance to Berlin The position of the United States at that time was weaker, as they were hostages of their own promises – Peter Kuznik, a professor of history Stalin, feeling his strength, insisted (for them to come to Crimea) Churchill and Roosevelt planes flew to the Crimea with a difference of five minutes

During the conference, at this table, of course, there was not a single empty seat The main negotiators appeared later Churchill recalled that when Stalin came in, everyone immediately rose and for some reason held their hands at the seams But unexpectedly for the guests, he was generous There was no boasting in him, success did not hit him in the head, but gave additional confidence that allowed him to look at things more broadly and not be afraid to make concessions – Alexander Cadogan, British diplomat and British Deputy Foreign Minister

The most serious, albeit mutual concessions, concerned Poland Poland claimed very serious territorial increments at the expense of Germany, on which the Soviet Union insisted and which the US and Great Britain strongly opposed But, nevertheless, Polish citizens should remember that the western borders that Poland now has, they were never the borders of Poland This is what the Soviet Union gifted them, at the cost of a huge number of Russian lives in 1945, Vyacheslav Nikonov, doctor of historical sciences Instead, the USSR agreed that Stanislav Mikołajczyk, an expatriate politician who supported the army hostile to the Soviets Craiova, can enter the Polish government, and, according to Kim Philby, he was a British paid agent And in this room, Stalin promised Roosevelt to enter the war against Japan, and the USSR received the territories of Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands

Here is the entry in the final documents It was thanks to Yalta that France entered the club of the victorious countries, received its German occupation zone, and then participated in the Nuremberg trials Of course, world leaders sympathized with De Gaulle Churchill more, Roosevelt less, but everyone agreed that in future Europe, Germany should have a counterweight – France should become one Now it would be called a sensation: The decision of the "Big Three" made China to enter the world stage

It was like the outcome of the war – participation of the Soviet Union and China Then for some, it was somehow unexpected, China did not appear as the epicenter of world politics But there was an understanding of its great role – Alexander Chubaryan, scientific director of the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences Russia, China, France, Great Britain, the United States – this is how the UN Security Council has developed, where all decisions are adopted unanimously, and everyone has a veto Framework of the United Nations has been outlined At the insistence of the USSR, independent members included Ukraine and Belarus

Stalin also wanted to add Lithuania, but Roosevelt was strongly opposed The UN proved to be far more successful than the League of Nations, which did not live up to expectations And the main result – Yalta ensured peace in Europe in reality and not for some 20 years, as in Versailles, where all decisions were made without Russia

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