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How the war ended Not necessarily in peace
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During 1944 Churchill became increasingly concerned about the communist tide sweeping across Europe in the wake of the Red Army, and its portent for control of post-war Europe. To prevent the communists taking control of Greece, which he saw as vital to British interests in the Mediterranean, Churchill accordingly made an agreement with Stalin in May 1944 to allow Soviet domination of Romania in return for a free British hand in Greece. In Moscow in October 1944, this deal was widened to include Hungary, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia when they drew up the spheres of influence that the two countries were to have in the Balkans. Initially these were agreed to be 50:50 for Hungary and Yugoslavia and 75:25 between the USSR and others in Bulgaria, but subsequent haggling produced amended ratios for Hungary and Bulgaria of 80:20 in favor of the USSR.