Editor’s Note

—No United States record of this conversation has been found. The following note by Churchill is reprinted from Ehrman, Grand Strategy, volume VI, page 292:

“Mr. Byrnes told me this morning that he had cabled to T. V. Soong advising him not to give way on any point to the Russians, but to return to Moscow and keep on negotiating pending further developments.1

“It is quite clear that the United States do not at the present time desire Russian participation in the war against Japan.”