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Message from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Joseph Stalin about the organisation of a private meeting in the Bering Strait

5 May 1943
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

English original. Hand-signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"My dear Mr. Stalin... <...> I want to get away from the difficulties of large Staff conferences or the red tape of diplomatic conversations. Therefore, the simplest and most practical method that I can think of would be an informal and completely simple visit for a few days between you and me. <...>

Therefore, I suggest that we could meet either on your side or my side of Bering Strait. <...> ...and that you and I would talk very informally and get what we call 'a meeting of the minds'".