The Cold War.
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The Cold War
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow…
-FDR was unwilling or unable to see that the powers held differing views of their respective spheres of interest
-Stalin wanted to annex the Baltic states and eastern and central Europe.
-Churchill was determined to retard the growth of Soviet power on the Continent and to resurrect the prewar British empire.
-USSR was in physical possession of most of eastern Europe and eastern Germany
-it would be as free to act unilaterally in its occupation zones as the Western powers were in theirs.