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Yalta Conference

The Yalta Conference, sometimes called the Crimea conference, was the wartime meeting over February 4 to 11, 1945 between the heads of government of the United States, the United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The delegations were headed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin respectively.

~ Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at Yalta ~

It was a continuation of the series of meeting begun at the Casablanca Conference (January 14 to 24, 1943). The meeting took place in the former Imperial palace at Yalta in the Crimea on the north side of the Black Sea.

The agreements of the Yalta conference were in dispute even before the final meeting at Potsdam. Following the death of Roosevelt he was publicly accused of signing eastern Europe into Communist control, as both Churchill and Roosevelt did not accept the pleas for international control over countries liberated by the Soviets. Moreover, no other governments were appointed nor notified of the decisions taken at the meeting.

The official agreements reached at the meeting included:

The Yalta Conference is often cited as the beginning of the Cold War.