June 4, 1955

BALKANS: London 3 – The leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, speaking in Sofia, praised the outcome of the Belgrade talks today. Speaking at the Bulgarian capital’s airport, where he was greeted by Bulgarian Prime Minister Valko Chergeniev and some of his key officials, Khrushchev said the road was now clear for the full restoration of friendly relations between the USSR and Yugoslavia. FINAL THREE DAYS: London, 3 – Total confusion seems to reign on the international horizon in relation to the interpretation of the significance and more general political consequences of the recent joint Russo-Bulgarian communique. Did Tito surrender all to the Russians, as some believe, or did the Russians come around to accepting his views? Despite their reassuring statements, official British and American circles cannot come up with a satisfactory explanation as to why they have ordered the recall of their ambassadors to their capitals for talks. In particular, on the Balkan side, the Cumhurriyet newspaper of Ankara asks what is left of the Tripartite Balkan Agreement (of Greece, Yugoslavia and Turkey).

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