File No. 763.72/4531

The Secretary of State to the Russian Chargé ( Onou )

No. 213

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 9th instant transmitting a memorandum relative to the Extraordinary Embassy which the Russian Provisional Government proposes to send to the United States. It is noted from the memorandum that the object of the Special Mission is to express the gratitude of the Provisional Russian Government for the initiative taken by the United States in the official recognition of the democratic regime which has been established in Russia; that the members of the Extraordinary Embassy consist of Prof. B. A. Bakhmeteff, head of the mission, and special delegates of the Ministries of War, Commerce, Finance, and Foreign Affairs; and that Mr. J. Korostovets, formerly Russian Minister at Peking, is designated as delegate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is further noted that the Embassy will be empowered to negotiate with the Government of the United States on military, naval, financial and railway matters pertaining to the present world war.

I have the honor to assure you in reply that the Extraordinary Embassy of Russia will be received with welcome by the President, Government and people of the United States and that after it shall have been received by the President this Government will be happy to negotiate with it on the subjects mentioned in your memorandum.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing