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Type of publication: Straipsnis / Article
Author(s): Skirius, Juozas
Title: Lietuvos ir JAV santykiai Paryžiaus taikos konferencijoje 1919 metais
Other Title: Lithuania’s and the USA relations in Paris Peace Conference in 1919
Is part of: Istorija, 1996, t. 34, p. 98-113
Date: 1996
Abstract: The regular request of the Lithuanian representatives to acknowledge the Lithuanian independence came into collision with the US government’s principle of „Indivisible Russia“. Having accepted the government of Kolchak in May 26, 1919, Washington’s administration kept their intercourse also with Lithuania as Russia’s autonomy. Besides, with the international situation in mind, the US government spoke in support of the possible Polish and Lithuanian federation. It was not only for the political purposes, but also based on the trade perspective and the investment of the US capital into Poland. As it appeared impossible to achieve these two goals, the intention to recognize the Lithuanian temporary independence was emerging in the ruling spheres of the USA. The hopes of the Lithuanian delegation to seek for recognition of the independence of Lithuania from the USA in the Paris conference were decreasing. The support from the US government in 1919 that came in food, medicine and accouterments, strengthened the position of the Lithuanian government in the country. The American Relief Administration and the USA Liquidation Commission fully realized the necessity of their material support and also managed to gain some profit. Though the Lithuanian government became indebted, the Lithuanian diplomats saw the political significance of their contacts with the above mentioned organizations. It was anticipated that through these contacts, a contract with the US government would be established. The US government, however, did not supply strategic materials or credit because of political and military motives.
Appears in Collections:Istorija 1996, t. 34

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