imageRecognition…International Herald Tribune
(BY TELEPHONE) LONDON, SUNDAY. – The peace conference this week will face four key discussion questions, one of which is the Russian one. If M. Millerand, who has returned to London tonight to resume attending the conference tomorrow, he will have an agreement between Britain, Italy and Japan to recognize the Soviet government. Based on the latest reports from Soviet Russia and domestic policy needs in London, Rome and Tokyo, representatives of these three capitals went as far as possible to inaugurate their new policies last week until M. Millerand's return.
However, Mr Millerand was kept informed as everyone realizes that the feeling of the French people and the French government regarding Soviet Russia is far from the same as that of the others.
While Britain was forced to withdraw from Russia with losses, as America did; while Mr. Lloyd George is constantly under pressure from the growing strength of the pro-Soviet Labor Party; while Italy faces the need to reconcile its radicals; and while Japan wants to take advantage of Russia's proximity, the diplomats of these countries recognize that France is holding millions of Russian bonds that have become worthless as a result of the Russian Revolution. They realize that they cannot ignore these losses without showing a reasonable return for them.
M. Millerand will face the following tomorrow:
First, with the collapse of the Archange front and the destruction of the Deniken and Kolchak offensives, the Moscow government has complete control of virtually all of the old Russian empire, with the exception of the new states.
Second, this evidence before the peace conference continues to accumulate to show that Lenin, Trotsky and his friends are going through an inevitable process of deradicalization.
Third, that the developments resulting from the negotiations on trade with the cooperatives have shown signs that freedom of trade with Russia could be the solution to Europe's economic problems. Europe can source commodities from Russia without affecting the unfavorable exchange and customs costs associated with trading with the United States.
Mr. O’Grady, who has just returned from his negotiations with Litvinoff, is said to have provided the missing and final argument for recognition. He is said to have said that the current Russian government is now capable of full internal control. It is even possible that he has declared that the current government is ready to pay all old Russian debts, except for those that were closed in connection with nationalization plans.
Formal recognition is also made possible by Mr. O’Grady's statements that the Soviet government will not wage a war of conquest for Bolshevism and that it seeks to take its place among the nations.
M. Voida Voivod from Romania is arriving tonight. One report that could complicate the Hungarian situation is the discovery of the details of a conspiracy under the guise of the offer of the Hungarian throne to the. The Romanian crown prince, the Hungarian royalists, are trying to trigger an uprising in Transylvania to separate this province from Romania and tie it to Hungary. According to the report, the offer of the crown was rejected and the conspiracy nipped in the bud.
– The New York Herald, European Edition, February 23, 1920