File No. 711.673/42

The Ambassador in Turkey (Morgenthau) to the Secretary of State


Cruiser Breslau with two torpedo boats went into Black Sea this morning. German Ambassador informed me that they were sent there merely to demonstrate to Russia and Roumania that Turkey controls the Black Sea, and that there is no intention of attacking Russia. He also said that if Breslau is not molested the Turkish Government intends parading some other warships in the Black Sea within a few days. German Ambassador also told me that if Roumania attacked Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria would immediately move against Roumania. Russian Ambassador yesterday sent about thirty cases from his Embassy to Odessa.

  1. The full text of the telegram is printed in the section dealing with the abrogation of the capitulations, post, p. 767.