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(1923) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen - Tema: Russia
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attained their object the state of affairs in Europe
would have been entirely different from what we
see to-day. The raising of the blockade, and
Russia’s renewed entry into relations with the
outside world on a purely economic basis at a
time when she still possessed considerable
supplies of raw materials, would unavoidably have
exerted a great influence on the restoration of
the equilibrium of European production and
consumption.

Alike in 1919 and 1920 Russia was, in reality,
only considered from the political standpoint, and
this interest chiefly took the form of support,
sometimes of a powerful nature, rendered to the
attacks made on the Soviet republic by Koltchak,
Denikin, Yudenitch, the Polish offensive and
Wrangel.

Great Britain was occupied in safeguarding the
East against Bolshevik propaganda and in securing
a firm position in the Baltic by favouring the
Baltic group of buffer-States.

France founded her whole policy vis-à-vis
Russia on her friendship with the Russia of the
old regime.

Germany was pursuing, in a spirit half
political, half commercial, her sole possibility of
free development, namely towards the East.

It was in 1921 that people in the west of
Europe became strongly attracted by the
possibilities of fruitful operations which they thought
they could secure by resuming commercial relations
with Russia. That was the time when commercial

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