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Stalin and the cold war

MARTINA CARR: How would you then describe Stalin’s role in the beginning of the Cold War?

KIRILL ANDERSON: A Cold War is like an argument in a communal flat. Everybody is guilty. To an extent the situation became more difficult when Roosevelt died. If he hadn’t died, perhaps the Cold War as we knew it wouldn’t have taken place. Truman had a completely different personality, he had an open conflict with the Soviet Union, and Churchill sided with him. American Generals thought that with the end of the war there would be a different relationship with the Soviets – well everybody had his own piece of guilt in the origin of the Cold War - Stalin himself, Truman and Churchill too.