SHE FISHES IN TROUBLED WATERS Contradictory Attitudes on Locarno
From Our Russian Correspondent
The latest crisis over the repudiation of the Locarno treaty by Germany is being passionately discussed in the Soviet press. Radek in Isvestia answers Herr Hitler's declaration, repeating the standardised assertion that the Eastern pact is still open for Germany.
Another Soviet argument is that Germany intends to fortify her western frontiers in order to be able to throw all her forces eastwards. And, of course, all Soviet writers reiterate Stalin's declaration that Soviet Russia is the most peace-loving country and has not the slightest intention to spread revolution to other countries.
These words are contradicted by facts showing the sinister underhand activity of Soviet representatives abroad. Though the U.S.S.R. was not a signatory of the Locarno treaty she has always taken a great interest in it. At the moment of its conclusion Soviet Russia used all her influence upon Germany to prevent her from signing it.
Tchicherin, the conunissar for foreign affairs, made a special visit to Berlin, and accused Stresemann of neglecting the interests of his own country. The Soviet attitude at that time was dictated by the fear that, having concluded the treaty, Germany might enter into more friendly relations with the western powers, which would lead to a permanent peace in Europe, which the Soviets feared most.
Now the position is reversed, and there are no stauncher upholders of the Locarno treaty than the U.S.S.R.! All the Soviet ambassadors abroad—Potemkin in Paris and Maisky here—have been feverishly active, urging the foreign offices of both countries to a more intransigent attitude towards Germany, and on his arrival to London M. I.itvinov lost no time and has already consulted with M. Flandin and other delegates.
Contrary to the conciliatory attitude of this country, the Soviets insist on sanctions against Germany, Isvestia speaking even of a "preventive war against Germany as the most suitable means."
It is perfectly clear that peace in Europe is the last thing the U.S.S.R. wants, and that a general European war would serve its purpose best. Acting directly, and through their obedient friends of the Little Entente. Soviet diplomats incite France to an unbending attitude, hoping that in a resulting great war western powers would destroy each other and Communism would have its great chance to establish its rule over that which may survive the cataclysm.
Germany, which has hovered on the brink of Bolshevism, knows what she is talking about.