File No. 861.00/2328

The Assistant Secretary of State ( Phillips) to Mr. Miles of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs

Mr. Miles: I told Sookine yesterday that the Secretary thought that it would be wiser for these distinguished Russians not to come over to this country at the present time; that if Kerensky and Tereshchenko came over, it would be impossible to refuse the Bolsheviki. Sookine said that he thought it might be embarrassing to refuse, to which I replied that it could be easily arranged that Kerensky would make no requests. He said that he and the Ambassador would try to settle the matter in this way and he hoped that the question would not be brought up by Kerensky.

W. Phillips