The Common Struggle Against Fascism

Cipher telegram from Vyacheslav Molotov to the Soviet ambassador in London with a personal and secret message from Joseph Stalin to Winston Churchill on the dates of opening a second front

24 June 1943
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

"I am passing over the fact that your grave decision to rescind your previous decisions on invading Western Europe was taken by you and Mr. President without the participation of the Soviet government...

It goes without saying that the Soviet government cannot reconcile itself with such disregard of the innate interests of the Soviet Union in the war against the common enemy.

I must inform you that it is not just a matter of the frustration of the Soviet government but of its trust in its allies being put to a hard test."