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Personal and secret message from Joseph Stalin to Harry S. Truman on the allocation of German war and trade ships to the USSR

23 May 1945
Russian State Archive of Social and Political History

I must bring it to your attention that the Germans have refused to surrender a single war or trade ship to the Soviet Armed Forces, surrendering their entire fleet to the Anglo-American Armed Forces instead.

In such a situation, the question naturally arises of the Soviet Union receiving its share of German war and trade ships, similarly to what had previously been done in Italy.