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Problem of Russia.

Part of Genoa Conference. – in the House of Commons on 25th May 1922.

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The problem which naturally occupied most of the attention of the delegations, and the one which excited most controversy was the problem of Russia. I should like to tell the Members of the Committee how the problem presented itself to us there, and I think it is essential that I should state the facts, without reference to their particular bearing upon any conclusions which either Members or I may draw from them. Some may draw one set of conclusions, and others may draw a different set of conclusions. My business is to state the facts as they appeared to us at Genoa, and I shall do so quite frankly and quite fearlessly, because, unless we get to the realities of the European situation, we shall never clear up that situation.