Many of the results of the Yalta, Tehran, and Potsdam Conferences created tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The United States wanted free elections in Eastern, while the Soviet Union had 11 million soldiers scattered about Eastern Europe and Stalin’s suspicion of the Western powers grew.
During World War II, the Soviet Union stationed many soldiers in Eastern Europe in order to drive out the Nazis from Eastern Europe. These soldiers remained there throughout the end and postwar of World War II. This put the fear of having Soviet control over Eastern Europe into British, other European, and American minds. So when the time came to start deciding on peace and victory terms, Britain and American brought forth ideas that would make it harder for the Soviet Union to take control of Eastern Europe.
The Soviet Union planned on taking all of Eastern Europe for itself. The free elections that were “agreed” upon between Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill-but it was Roosevelt’s idea-at the Yalta Conference made Stalin very suspicious of what the United States had in mind. Was the United States going to take Eastern Europe for itself? Yes, Stalin allowed it at first, but his feelings towards free elections were hate; he stated that free elections would be “anti-Soviet.” He only agreed, though, that free elections could be held to make a new government, but only once.
Stalin did not want the United States, or any of the other Western powers, to try to dictate how the Soviets lived or even to invade the Soviet Union in order to convert the Soviet Union from a Communist nation to Democratic nation. So, Stalin began to establish pro-Soviet governments along the Soviet Union border to create barriers between the rest of Europe and the Soviet Union.
All in all, the free elections proposed by Roosevelt, Stalin’s suspicion of the Western powers and Stalin’s preparations to control Eastern Europe set the stage for the Cold War. These things caused a lot of tension between communist Soviet Union and democratic United States. The Soviet Union did not like the United States’ decisions with the free elections and wanted to control all of Eastern Europe.