Turkish Straits Crisis
What is important about the Turkish Straits?
Turkish and Soviet Unions Relations
A Secret telebgram was sent by the US Secretary of State dean Acheson to diplomats in Paris and it explains the United State’s position..
'In our opinion the primary objective of the Soviet Union is to obtain control over Turkey. We believe that if the Soviet Union succeeds in introducing into Turkey armed forces with the ostensible purpose of enforcing the joint control of the Straits, the Soviet Union will use these forces in order to obtain control over Turkey…. In our opinion, therefore, the time has come when we must decide that we shall resist will all means at out disposal any Soviet aggression and in particular, because the case of Turkey would be so clear, any Soviet aggression against Turkey. In carrying this policy our words and acts will only carry conviction to the Soviet Union if they are formulated against the background of an inner conviction and determination on our part that we cannot permit Turkey to become the object of Soviet aggression."
— Dean Acheson, Telegram to the Secretary of State at Paris – August 8, 1946
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