One of the more interesting aspects of the war was the presence of American ships with Russian/American crews inside the Sea of Japan during the war. In 1939 Japanese and Soviet forces fought at Nomonhan, Mongolia with disastrous results for the Japanese. Out of a force of 60,000 Japanese, over 45,000 were killed. Realizing they had no chance of defeating the Soviets in a land war, the Japanese signed a Neutrality Act with Stalin. Under this treaty Russia was granted full use of its only warm-water Pacific port. Before December 1941, just over 100 America ships were transfered to the Russian flag and, with their Russian/American crews, delivered millions of tons of cargo to Vladivostok during the war. The Japanese were powerless to stop the supplies that were destined for use against their Ally, Germany. If they had closed Vladivostok the Russians could have forced them out of China. Btw the topic title is a spelling mistake, not a comment on Russia's place in the world.