NOTE: As with most telegrams, superfluous words were omitted. This creates grammatical errors which are not part of the transcribing, but rather an inherent part of the telegram itself. At other times it appears words were mistakenly omitted from the original transmission. The parts enclosed in brackets [ ] were inserted by the State Dept. Text in red indicates a quote of Soviet government sources.
861.014/1-2746 : Telegram
The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State
"On January 22 the Acting Secretary
of State of the USA Mr. Acheson stated at a press conference that a secret
Yalta agreement of the three Allied Powers had envisaged the granting
to the Soviet Union of rights of occupation of the Kuril Islands but taht
as far as he understood that agreement had not envisaged the final handing
over the Kuril Islands to the Soviet Union. Mr. Acheson further stated
taht, 'this was his opinion although perhaps he was mistaken'.27
27 For comment on this agreement by Secretary of State Byrnes at his news conference on January 29, 1946, see Department of State Bulletin, February 10, 1946, pp. 189-190. comments made by President Truman at his news conference on January 31 are summarized ibid., p. 190, and are reproduced in full in Public Papers of the Presidents: Harry S. Truman, 1946 (Washington, Government Printing Office, 1962), pp. 102-105, passim.
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