File No. 763.72/12179

The Minister in Norway ( Schmedeman) to the Secretary of State


1324. The following is text of a note from the Russian Commissaire for Foreign Affairs, which was communicated telegraphically to the Minister for Foreign Affairs by the Norwegian Legation at Petrograd under date of October [November] 6, for transmission to the Government of the United States.

The People’s Commissariat for Foreign Affairs requests the Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires in Petrograd, through his Government, to transmit to the Government of the United States of America the following:

The Russian Soviet Government, in its desire to terminate the hostilities between Russian and American troops, offers to the Government of the United States of America to take up negotiations with regard to the liquidation of the above-mentioned hostilities and is desirous of being informed when and where may representatives from both sides meet. It is of no consequence to the Russian Soviet Government what place may be chosen for such negotiations. The Russian Soviet Government has forwarded identical proposals to the British, the Japanese, the Italian and the French Governments. In the hope that the Norwegian Government with satisfaction will secure the termination of the hostilities, the People’s Commissariat wishes in advance to extend their thanks to the Norwegian Chargé d’Affaires for [his] kind assistance in the matter. The People’s Commissiariat for Foreign Affairs. Tchitcherine.

Presumably translated from the Russian.