V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on May 8, 1922
Published: First published in 1964 in Collected Works, Fifth (Russian) Ed., Vol. 45. Printed from a typewritten copy.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1976, Moscow, Volume 45, page 541b.
Translated: Yuri Sdobnikov
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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We should think that the generally unacceptable nature of the latest memorandum of the powers is a suitable pretext for a break-off, but if you do not agree with this, we consent, considering a break-up predetermined, to leave it to your discretion to find the most suitable moment for the break.


[1] The telegram, adopted by the Politbureau of the R.C.P.(B.) C.C. on May 8, 1922, was written in reply to M. M. Litvinov’s telegram of May 6, saying that the Allied memorandum of May 2 was not an ultimatum, but left open the possibility of continuing negotiations, and that the Soviet delegation at Genoa was making efforts to avoid a break-up of the talks, and spoke of the need to have Politbureau directives on the line the delegation was to take.

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