The President’s Chief of Staff (Leahy) to the President
For the President from Admiral Leahy.
The following quoted reply to Stalin approved by State Department is forwarded for your consideration.
“Personal and Secret from the President to Marshal Stalin.
Thank you for your two informative messages of December 2 and December 3.[Page 291]
In regard to a proposed Franco-Soviet pact along the lines of the Anglo-Soviet pact of mutual assistance, this Government would have no objection in principle if you and General de Gaulle considered such a pact in the interests of both your countries and European security in general.
I am in complete agreement with your replies to General de Gaulle with regard to the post-war frontier of France. It appears to me at the present time that no advantage to our common war effort would result from an attempt to settle this question now and that its settlement subsequent to the collapse of Germany is preferable.”3