The formulation of Soviet foreign policy: Ideology and Realpolitik

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The exile government had endeavoured to convince itself that the future of Poland depended entirely on its own cooperation with those very Allies. Following the Soviet summer offensives against Germany, Poland was reduced to a mere object in Allied negotiations; and with Soviet victories in the east, the Allies distanced themselves increasingly from the Polish-Soviet impasse. During the early days of the war, General Wladyslaw Sikorski was identified by some French military and diplomatic personalities as a preferred leader of any Polish legions which might be raised in France, and possibly even of an exile administration. He and like minded pro-French Poles were assisted in leaving Poland and making their way to France by the then French Ambassador Leon Nol. Sikorski assumed control over the Ministry of War and Ministry of Justice. Sikorskis Minister for Foreign Affairs, August Zaleski, believed that Britain should participate in guaranteeing Polands territorial agreements with the Soviet Union.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoviet Foreign Policy, 1917-1991
Subtitle of host publicationA Retrospective
EditorsGabriel Gorodetsky
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherF. Cass
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781135201746
ISBN (Print)0714645060, 071464112X, 9780714645063, 9780714641126
StatePublished - 1994

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NameThe Cummings Center Series


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