V. I.   Lenin


To:   G. V. CHICHERIN[1]

Published: Printed from the original. Published for the first time in the Fourth (Russian) Edition of the Collected Works.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, pages 452-453.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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July 22, 1920

To Comrade Chicherin

My proposal:

1) Directives to be given to Kopp through the People’s Commissariat of Foreign Affairs in the spirit of Comrade Chicherin’s proposal (only trade negotiations).

2) Gukovsky to be answered.

3) Curzon to be replied to in two days (not earlier; why spoil them), after asking Kamenev and the Consul once again: why haven’t we received the original in English?

The reply to be extra polite on the following lines 

if Britain (+ France + ? + ?) wants a general, i.e., a real peace, we have long been for it. In that case remove Wrangel, since he is your man, kept by you, and then we begin negotiations at once.

If Poland wants peace, we are for; we’ve said it clearly and we repeat it, let her make an offer.

If you interrupt trade negotiations, we are very sorry, but you expose yourselves as departing from the truth, because you began these negotiations during Poland’s war and promised an armistice. Calmly and precisely expose their contradictions.

The draft reply to be approved by telephone through the members of the Political Bureau on Friday or Saturday, July 23 or 24.


Comrade Chicherin,

If you agree, inform Comrade Krestinsky (he agrees in principle), then draft the reply.



[1] Chicherin, G. V. (1872–1936)—prominent Soviet statesman, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs, 1918–30.

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