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War Cabinet: Confidential Annex, 6 February 1942, 12 noon:

“The Minister of War Production said that all that M Stalin was asking for was recognition of his frontiers as they had existed in June, 1941, when Germany had invaded Russia. At the same date we had made a Treaty with Russia which had wiped out everything which had passed between our two countries up to that date. M Stalin had, however, qualified his request for recognition of the 1941 boundaries on the West by making it clear that these boundaries would be subject to a special arrangement so far as Poland was concerned. Moreover, these frontiers were necessary for Russia's security and security was one of the factors dealt with in the Atlantic Charter. We should therefore (subject to the views of the United States on this subject) agree to M Stalin's request.”

The Minister for War Production was Lord Beaverbrook.


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