How is/was this conflict perceived at the time and since?

A letter from President Truman

On 5 January 1946, President Truman sent a handwritten letter to Secretary of State James Byrnes, in which he stated that the Russians “have been a headache to us ever since” the war in Japan ended. On the last page Truman instructs Byrnes to stop “babying the Soviets.”

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