Against Aggression: Speeches

Against Aggression: Speeches

Against Aggression: Speeches

Against Aggression: Speeches

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This book is a collection of some of Maxim Litvinov's more important speeches and of documents characterising the struggle raised by the Soviet Union against aggression. These speeches of the People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the U.S.S.R. and the treaties entered into by the Soviet Union with the purpose of averting the danger of war constitute some of the most important elements in the foreign policy of the Soviet Union.

Speaking on March 17th, 1938, of the attitude of the Soviet Union to the new acts of aggression in Europe, Maxim Litvinov stated that the position of the U.S.S.R. with regard to any particular act of aggression was based on the general and unalterable principles of its foreign policy, which has the support of the whole population of the country.

The documents contained in this book present a picture of the consistent application in practice of the principles of Soviet foreign policy at various stages of international relations. The Soviet Government has always striven to strengthen peace relations between the Soviet Union and other countries by the conclusion of pacts of non-aggression and neutrality and treaties for the settlement of conflicts by conciliation. Such pacts and treaties have been concluded by the Soviet Union with nearly all its neighbours. The last pact of non-aggression was concluded by the Soviet Union with China in August, 1937, at the very moment when the Chinese Republic was attacked by the Japanese imperialists.

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