U.S. and Russia: Relations Strained

THE view that the democratic powers, including the United States, may have to reckon with a rapidly expanding Russia on all fronts after the present European war is over, is slowly gaining ground in the State Department here, and has been brought to a focus by recent events culminating in the incident of the City of Flint. At the same time there is evidence here that Soviet Russia is alarmed over the prospect of such a concert of powers against it, and regards the United States' current maneuvers in China and Japan and in support of the European Allies as potentially directed against itself. ... With storm warnings tentatively flying, the cooler heads in the Government here are beginning to steel themselves for the task of dealing with the issue sanely and by peaceful methods as opposed to belligerence and international Red-baiting. Their task is complicated by a rising concern in the American press at Russia's role on the German side of the war. ...

The Monitor is looking back at the events of World War II.

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