V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written in August, not later than 5, 1920
Published: First published in 1965 in Collected Works, Fifth Ed., Vol. 51. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1975, Moscow, Volume 44, page 409c.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We should say (in regard to the frontier) that we shall give more (the line will be farther to the east),[1]

but not say: “much” more, much farther to the east.


[1] This refers to Poland’s Eastern frontier, which was arbitrarily fixed by the Supreme Council of the Entente at the end of the 1914–18 imperialist war, on December 8, 1919. This frontier was to run along the line: Grodno—Yalovka—Nemirov—Brest-Litovsk —Dorogusk—Ustilug—Krylov, and was to cut across Galicia between Przemysl and Rava-Russkaya up to the Carpathian Mountains. This line was mentioned also in Lord Curzon’s Note of July 11, 1920, and became known as the “Curzon Line”.

The Soviet Government, in proposing peace to Poland, was ready to accept as the Polish-Soviet frontier a line east of the “Curzon Line”.

The present note is Lenin’s directive to the chairman of the Soviet delegation sent to London for negotiations with the British Government.

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