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Note from US ambassador to the USSR Averell Harriman to Vyacheslav Molotov with a personal and secret message from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Joseph Stalin on the decision to put US ships at the temporary disposal of the Soviet Navy

18 February 1944
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

Russian translation.

English original.

I am glad to inform you, in response to your message of the 29th of January, that the United States vessels listed below are available to the Naval Command of the U.S.S.R. for temporary use until adequate Italian tonnage can be placed at the disposal of the Soviet Union...