The Secretary of State to President Wilson

Dear Mr. President: I beg to send you enclosed a copy of a telegram from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia to the Russian Ambassador in Washington, which was handed to the Department by the Ambassador a few days ago.

With assurances [etc.]

Robert Lansing

The Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs (Tereshchenko) to the Russian Ambassador (Bakhmeteff)

President Wilson’s reply to the Peace Note of the Pope27 was met in Russia with the greatest sympathy, and has been commented [on] in that spirit by the whole press, except only by the extremist organs.

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The Provisional Government notices with the sincerest gratification that the principles on which the President’s answer was based fully coincide with the precepts adopted by the new Russia in her exterior policy. In this unity of ideas existing between ourselves and the great American Republic, we see the valuable pledge to our mutual cooperation in elucidating the aims of the present war, as well as in adopting a common political course.

Kindly transmit this first impression to the Government to which you are accredited, and also convey that at the present moment we are elaborating the project of a declaration in which will be stated the solidarity of the Provisional Government with the ideas expressed in the President’s note.

  1. For the Pope’s peace note, see ibid., 1917, supp. 2, vol. i, p. 161; for President Wilson’s reply, see ibid., p. 177.