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Note from the Soviet Foreign Ministry to the American Ambassador at Moscow (Thompson), regarding Berlin, November 27, 1958,   pp. 317-331 PDF (7.1 MB)

Page 331

well-founded a rgunents but in the language of brute force, forgetting
that the Soviet people are not affected by threats and intimidation.
If behind the words about "nonrecognition" there really lies the
tention to resort to force and drag the world into a war over Berlin,
the advocates of such a policy should realize that they assume a very
grave responsibility for all its consequences before all nations and
before history. Those who indulge in sabre-rattling in connection
with the situation in Berlin are once again betraying their interests
in preserving for aggressive purposes the occupation regime in Berlin.
The Government of the Soviet Union would like to hope that the
problem  of normalizing the situation in Berlin, which life itself
raises before our states as a natural necessity, will in any case be
solved in accordance with considerations of statesmenship, the in-
terests of peace between peoples, without the unnecessary nervous
strain and intensification of a "cold war."
Methods of blackmail and reckless threats of force will be least of
all appropriate in solving such a problem as the Berlin question.
Such methods will not help solve a single question, but can only bring
the situation to the danger point. But only madmen can go to the
length of unleashing another world war over the preservation of
privileges of occupiers in West Berlin. If such madmen should
really appear, there is no doubt that strait jackets could be found for
them. If the statesmen responsible for the policy of the Western
powers are guided by feelings of hatred for communism and the
socialist countries in their approach to the Berlin question as well as
other international problems, no good will come out of it. Neither
the Soviet Union nor any otlher small socialist state can or will deny
its existence precisely as a socialist state. That is why, having united
in an unbreakable fraternal alliance, they firmly stand in defense of
their rights and their state frontiers, acting according to the motto-
one for all and all for one. Any violation of the frontiers of the
German Democratic Republic, Poland, or Czechoslovakia, any ag-
gressive- action against any member state of the Warsaw Treaty will
be regarded by all its participants as an act of aggression against
them all and will immediately cause appropriate retaliation.
The Soviet Government believes that it would be sensible to recog-
nize the situation prevailing in the world and to create normal re-
lations for the co-existence of all states, to develop international
trade, to build relations between our countries on the basis of the well-
known principles of mutual respect for one another's sovereignty
and territorial integrity, nonaggression, non-interference in one
another's internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit.
The Soviet Union and its people and government are sincerely
striving for the restoration of good relations with the United States
of America, relations based on trust, which are quite feasible as shown
by the experience in the joint struggle against the Hitlerite aggres-
sors, and which in peacetime would hold out to our countries nothing
but the advantages of mutually enriched spiritual and material co--
operation between our peoples, and to all other people the blessings
of a tranquil life under conditions of an enduring peace.

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