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The Berlin Airlift
Newspaper Accounts

Joseph Stalin. The international press had a hand in the end of the Berlin crisis. An American reporter for the International News Service, J. Kingsbury Smith cabled Joseph Stalin. The Soviet leader responded in accounts published by the Soviet newspaper Pravda.

From February 3, 1948:

If the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and France agreed to postpone the establishment of a separate Western German State, pending a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers to consider the German problem as a whole, would the Government of the USSR be prepared to remove the restrictions which the Soviet authorities have posed on communications between Berlin and Western zones of Germany?

Stalin's reply:
Provided the United States of America, Great Britain, and France observed the conditions set forth in the third question, the Soviet Government sees no obstacle to lifting transport restrictions, on the understanding, however, that transport and trade restrictions introduced by the Three Powers should be lifted simultaneously.

Note: The significant omission of the currency issue that had precipitated the blockade led to discussions that would lead to the end of the crisis.

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