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Stalin's determination to build a belt of buffer states along the western frontier of his empire and transform it into a monolithic socialist bloc. Soviet pressure and the decision of the United States in 1947 to leave Prague fully in the economic orbit of Moscow suggests that 'the policy of the bridge', promoted by the abovementioned representatives of Czechoslovak democracy during this period, never really had a chance of being achieved in practice. I have two examples that prove, or at least illustrate, this opinion.

The Soviet Union used the potential solution of this problem as a bargaining chip in the resolution of the Trieste question. 2 With this treaty, Austria was re-established within its January 1, 1938 borders. Formally, it belonged to neither the American nor the Soviet sphere of influence. ' A condition of Austria's new status as a sovereign and neutral state, was that it agrees to Article 7 of the Austria State Treaty by which Austria committed to protecting its Slovenian and Croatian minorities.

The Security Council of the United Nations responded to events in Hungary following an extraordinary session on October 28. The Hungarian government had put in a protest to the UN General Secretary, claiming that these were internal political matters and any action by the Security Council would be a violation of Hungary's sovereignty. Nevertheless the session was held and there was only one item on the agenda – the situation in Hungary. All delegates, including the Yugoslav delegate (albeit with the notable exception of the Soviet delegate) condemned the Soviet intervention.

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