It is understood that the agreement on Outer Mongolia and the above-mentioned ports and railways requires the consent of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. The president will take steps to obtain this approval on the advice of Marshal Stalin. With regard to Poland, the Yalta report goes on to state that the Provisional Government “should be obliged to hold free and unhindered elections as soon as possible on the basis of universal suffrage and secret ballot”.  The agreement could not hide the importance of joining the short-term pro-Soviet control of the Lublin government and eliminating the language that calls for supervised elections.  Each of the three leaders had their own agenda for post-war Germany and the liberation of Europe. Roosevelt wanted Soviet support in the American Pacific War against Japan, especially for the planned invasion of Japan (Operation August Storm) as well as Soviet participation in the United Nations; Churchill lobbied for free elections and democratic governments in Central and Eastern Europe (especially Poland); and Stalin called for a Soviet sphere of political influence in Central and Eastern Europe as an essential aspect of the USSR`s national security strategy. Stalin`s position at the conference was one he considered so strong that he could dictate the terms. According to James F., a member of the U.S. delegation and future secretary of state. Byrnes: “It wasn`t about what we would let the Russians do, but what we could get the Russians to do.  President Roosevelt said: “If we try to avoid the fact that we have put a little more emphasis on the Poles in Lublin than on the other two groups from which the new government is supposed to come, I think we will expose ourselves to accusations that we are trying to reverse the Crimean decision. Roosevelt acknowledged that Yalta`s language, in the words of Admiral William D. Leahy, was so vague that the Soviets would be able to “extend it from Yalta to Washington without ever technically breaking it.”  Under three flags at a nearby airfield, Russian officials led by Foreign Minister Molotov await the arrival of the British and American delegations.
Anthony Eden, British Secretary of State [Music] Edward Stettinius, US Secretary of State [Music] Harry Hopkins, advisor to President Roosevelt, with Averell Harriman, US Ambassador to Russia. [Music] And Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain. [Music] Also by plane after a six-thousand-mile trip comes Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States. Marshal Joseph Stalin, Prime Minister of the Soviet Union. At the time of the first three national conferences in Tehran fourteen months ago, the ground on which Stalin is now walking was still in the hands of the enemy. [Music] The three sides reach a firm agreement on military and political issues. Coordinated plans are being drawn up for further major blows against Germany on all sides. Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin reaffirmed the determination of the United Nations to cooperate fully after the war and to reach agreement on the foundations of European peace.
Germany must be disarmed; German militarism and National Socialism will be destroyed; Germany must be occupied in zones, with France being a major participant; An organization for global security is founded permanently. The three Heads of State and Government reaffirm their faith in the principles of the Atlantic Charter. The agreement called on signatories to “consult jointly on the measures necessary to fulfil the shared responsibility set out in this declaration.” During the discussions in Yalta, Molotov inserted language that weakened the implications of executing the declaration.  The first reaction to the Yalta Agreements was solemn. Roosevelt and many other Americans saw this as proof that the spirit of U.S.-Soviet war cooperation would pass into the post-war period. However, this feeling was short-lived. With the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, Harry S. Truman became the thirty-third president of the United States. At the end of April, the new government clashed with the Soviets over its influence in Eastern Europe and the United Nations. Alarmed by the perceived lack of cooperation on the part of the Soviets, many Americans began to criticize Roosevelt`s handling of the Yalta negotiations.