Memorandum by President Roosevelt to the Secretary of State

Russia continues to be a major factor in achieving the defeat of Germany. We must, therefore, continue to support the U.S.S.R. by providing the maximum amount of supplies which can be delivered to her ports. I consider this a matter of utmost importance, second only to the operational requirements in the Pacific and the Atlantic.

The U.S.S.R. has been requested to state requirements for a Fifth Protocol, to cover the period from July 1, 1945 to June 30, 1946. It is desired that, within the limitations of available resources, every effort be made to meet these requirements.

Pending the formulation of the Fifth Protocol, it is my desire that every effort be made to continue a full and uninterrupted flow of supplies to the U.S.S.R.

Franklin D. Roosevelt