File No. 861.48/675a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Russia (Francis)


263. Your recent inquiries regarding supplies. Report from London states that Wheat Executive1 reported August 20, 15,000 tons of flour already shipped Archangel. This has precipitated question of feeding civilian population in Murmansk and Archangel districts through the winter. Negotiations now pending as to whether Great Britain, France, and the United States can arrange to share supplies for civilian population, each country taking care of its own military forces separately. Red Cross ship which sailed some time ago and now reported in English waters carried American personnel headed by Williams and including Stalinski as interpreter and Red Cross supplies quite separate from all other arrangements. Will keep you advised.

  1. See footnote 4, ante, p. 142.