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Truman doctrine

President TrumanPresident TrumanThe breakdown of trust between the western allies of the Britain and the US, and the Soviet Union, worsened following a speech by the US President to Congress in March 1947 outlining a shift in US foreign policy.

The 'Truman Doctrine', as it became known, proposed granting substantial economic and other assistance to governments fighting communist insurgency, beginning in Greece and Turkey.

The move followed the recent circulation of the influential 'long telegram' written by the US diplomat, George Kennan.

This proposed a policy of 'containment' to limit the spread of Soviet communism.

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