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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1652
AUTHOR: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874–1965)
QUOTATION: I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
ATTRIBUTION: WINSTON CHURCHILL, first lord of the admiralty, radio broadcast, London, October 1, 1939.—Winston S. Churchill: His Complete Speeches, 1897–1963, ed. Robert Rhodes James, vol. 6, p. 6161 (1974).