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March 1, 1955
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Approved For Release 2008/06/19: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100160003-7 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY This material contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 25X1 18, U.S.C. Secs. 793 and 794, the transmission or revelation of which in any manner to an unauthorized person is prohibited by law. COUNTRY USSR DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED DATE ACQUIRED Criticism of V. M. Molotov 1 March 1955 25X1 NO. OF PAGES REQUIREMENT NO. RD REFERENCES DATE DISTR. 1. The prestige of V. M. Molotov suffered a setback because he did not believe that the Western powers would succeed in finding an alternate 25X1 solution to their security problems after the failure of EDC, although Soviet diplomatic representatives in Western countries had warned about such a dcvolopment. The stand taken by Molotov was severely criticized by officials of the Soviet-Ministry of Foreign Affairs anc' by members of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Molotov's opinion that the rejection of EDC by the French Assembly had created a deep gulf between t western European countries and the USA was particularly discredited. such a victory for Soviet policies, if possible, would come only after a Long period of time. 2, a group within the Central Committee closely connected with Khrushchev was making efforts to overthrow Molotov as Minister of Foreign Affairs and to retain him only as First Deputy Chairman of the 25X1 Council of Ministers. Comment. It may be correct that Molotov was criticized by Party circles in connection with the drafting of the London agreements. That the opposition against him has assumed such serious proportions that his removal as Minister of Foreign Affairs is expectea has not been evident. It is, however., not impossible that such a step will be taken in Moscow after the ratification and implementation of the Paris agreements. 03 raD om QEpOo nu Approved For Release 2008/06/19: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA006100160003-7 X I FBI, I I AEC I I I I I (Note: Washington distribution indicated by "X"; Field distribution by "#".)