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File No. 761.94/98

Ambassador Guthrie to the Secretary of State

[Telegram—Extract]

The Foreign Office this afternoon issued to the press the following statement of the settlement of the Russo-Japanese convention signed at Petrograd on July 3:

Article I. Japan will not become a party to any political arrangement or combination directed against Russia.

Russia will not become a party to any political arrangement or combination directed against Japan.

Article II. In case either the territorial rights or the special interests in the Far East of one of the contracting parties, recognized by the other contracting party, should come to be menaced, Japan and Russia will confer in regard to the measure to be taken with a view to mutual support or cooperation for the safeguarding and defense of these rights and interests.

Guthrie