File No. 861.00/2453

The Consul at Moscow ( Poole) to the Secretary of State 1


715. In speech before newly elected Central Executive Committee yesterday Lenin said that a request received July 14 from German Government for permission to send one battalion of German soldiers in uniform to guard German Embassy in Moscow was refused in spite of assurances of German Government that occupation in no way intended. He said that Russian masses desire peace but that the Soviet cannot agree to allow any foreign troops to enter Moscow and will resist entry by all military measures.

  1. Sent via the Consulate at Petrograd and the Legation in Norway (No. 993).