British Prime Minister Winston Churchill proposed in 1944 to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to divide the Balkans and part of Southeastern Europe into areas of Soviet and Western influence. A document to prove this will be shown in the spring, the chairman of the Russian Historical Society and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Narishkin, said today, quoted by RIA Novosti.”The Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill exhibition opens in April at the Federal Archives Exhibition Hall, for the first time the original of the percent agreement will be presented. In October 1944, Churchill proposed that Stalin divide the Balkans and part of Southeastern Europe into zones of Soviet and Western influence.
He wrote down his proposals on a piece of paper that he showed to members of the Soviet delegation, “Narishkin told a news conference. The director of the intelligence service added that 50% of the influence in the USSR was assigned to Yugoslavia, and 75% in Bulgaria.
“This is the shame and cynicism of British diplomacy,” said Narishkin.