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Russia (Trade Agreements)

Volume 415: debated on Wednesday 31 October 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any reply has been received to the protests addressed by His Majesty's Government to the Soviet Government regarding the Soviet-Hungarian and Soviet-Roumanian trade agreements.

Yes, Sir. A reply was received this morning stating that the Soviet Government do not consider that legitimate British interests are affected by these agreements which have as their aim to promote the development of economic relations between the Soviet Union and countries geographically near her. I have not yet had time to consider this reply.

Is it a fact that the Soviet Government themselves offered, at Potsdam, fuller participation by us in the Control Commission, and should not they therefore have consulted us, in view of the offer they made?

I think that one of the most disturbing elements in endeavouring to get united action in this business is this constant bilateral procedure.