Event: US President Harry S. Truman addresses Soviet Generalissimo Joseph Stalin

Place: Washington DC, US

The letter was dedicated to the theme of the conference of the foreign ministers of the three sovereign states that was due to take place in Moscow on 16-26 December. The conference participants would try to work out a joint resolution about the fate of Korea, liberated after being occupied by the Japanese, as well as other issues pertaining to the Far East and a number of European and Asian countries.

“I sincerely hope that you will cooperate with me to make the meeting a success and to give renewed assurance of the ability of the Great Powers to work together,” Truman wrote.

The relationship between the allies had already started to worsen due to the emergence of the “socialist camp” in Eastern Europe. This is the reason why US Secretary of State James Byrnes, a participant of the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, insisted on holding a meeting as soon as possible.