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Response of Winston Churchill to Joseph Stalin expressing his gratitude for the gifts

19 October 1944
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Russian translation.

English original.

Hand-signed by Winston Churchill Marks in blue pencil by Joseph Stalin.

"My dear Marshal Stalin, I have just received the two beautiful vases which you have given to me and my Wife as a souvenir of this memorable visit to Moscow. We shall treasure them among our most cherished possessions. <...>

My hopes for the future alliance of our peoples never stood so high. I hope you may long be spared to repair the ravages of war and lead All The Russias out of the years of storm into glorious sunshine.

Your friend and war-time comrade, Winston Churchill."