Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

No human being can tell what the Russians are going to do next, and I think the Japanese actions will depend much on what Russia decides to do both in Europe and the Far East—especially in Europe.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Dec. 13, 1939, to Francis B. Sayre, High Commissioner to the Philippines. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 291, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

FDR was chagrined at the USSR's attack on Finland as well as the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and was concerned that the Japanese might see this arrangement as opening a door to further expansion in the Far East, perhaps moving against British, if not American, possessions.
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