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By Deborah Welch Larson

The USA and the Soviet Union overlooked various diplomatic possibilities to unravel transformations and keep watch over the palms race simply because neither nation depended on the opposite, based on Deborah Welch Larson. She exhibits that the ambitions of Soviet and U.S. leaders have been usually complementary, and an contract must have been possible. misplaced possibilities contributed to financial disaster for the Soviet Union, critical harm to Read more...

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If you only could trust that bastard Malenkov," Ike declared passionately at a meeting with State Department officials and the White House staff. He had not given up the idea of a foreign ministers' meeting, despite Dulles's objections. " 14 In contrast, Secretary of State Dulles was confident that the softer line in Soviet foreign policy was merely a tactical shift, which should not tempt the United States to change course. He interpreted Soviet actions in line with his belief that the Soviets were innately hostile and aggressive.

95 On 8 February 1955, the same day that Malenkov resigned, Molotov announced that a withdrawal of occupation forces from Austria need not wait until a German peace treaty was signed, thereby decoupling the Austrian State Treaty from the German question. On 24 March, Molotov invited the Austrian chancellor Julius Raab to Moscow for negotiations on a treaty, and the Soviet and Austrian representatives reached an agreement in principle within just four days (11-15 April). Although the Austrian-Soviet negotiations had produced an agreement that exceeded his expectations, Dulles insisted on a preliminary conference of ambassadors to close any remaining loopholes before the foreign ministers signed the treaty on 15 May 1955.

Dulles admitted that there was no urgent need to rearm Germany, because the risk of a general war seemed less than at any previous time in history. If the Soviets proved unwilling to give up East Germany in return for guarantees of its demilitarization, then doubters within France and Germany would have been more receptive to German rearmament. S. arming of West Germany. 64 A neutral Germany would have deprived the United States of twelve West German divisions envisioned for NATO as well as the use of West German territory to station American troops.

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