J. V. Stalin

Exchange of Telegrams Concerning Iran

Between Mr. Hugh Baillie, President of the U. P. of America, and J. V. Stalin

March 22 and 25, 1946

Source: J. V. Stalin on Post-War International Relations
Publisher: Soviet News, 1947
Transcription/Markup: Brian Reid for MIA, 2008
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Text of the telegram sent by Mr. Hugh Baillie, President of the United Press of America, to J. V. Stalin, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the U.S.S.R., and the text of Stalin’s reply.

Mr. Baillie’s Telegram

KREMLIN, Moscow.

I should like to direct your attention to the statement given by Mr. Winston Churchill to the United Press of America for distribution to newspapers and radio throughout the world. In this connection I wish to renew my suggestion that you give to the United Press of America a statement on the world situation.

If you desire to answer Mr. Churchill’s argument for speedy actions by the United Nations Organisation Security Council on the Iran case, the United Press would be glad to distribute your views to the world.

Should there be other questions concerning Iran or world peace and security which you would care to discuss, I urge that you avail yourself of our facilities. With best wishes.

(Signed) Hugh BAILLIE,
President of the United Press of America.
March 22, 1946.

J. V. Stalin’s reply


Thank you for your kind suggestion. I cannot admit Mr. Churchill’s argument as convincing. As to the question of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Iran, it is known to have been already positively settled by agreement between the Soviet Government and the Government of Iran.

(Signed) Joseph STALIN,
Chairman of the Council of Ministers.
March 25, 1946.