File No. 763.72/4356

The Secretary of State to the Russian Chargé ( Onou)

No. 211

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 340, of May 1, 1917, relative to the naval defense of the Arctic coast of Russia, in which you indicate the desire of your Government that Captain Mishtowt, naval attaché of the Embassy, be given an opportunity to participate in conferences between the naval authorities of this Government and the members of the British mission regarding naval cooperation.

In reply I beg to refer you to my suggestion made to you orally on May 1, that informal application be made to the Secretary of the Navy for a conference between the Russian naval attaché and the United States naval officers.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing