The High Commissioner at Constantinople ( Bristol ) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 2—8:15 p.m.]
92. It is reported here from a source close to Mackinder, the British M.P. now returned to England from Denikin, that British policy is to cease all military aid in South Russia unless the Kuban and other Cossacks consent to fight Reds with remnant of Volunteer army. British are not optimistic that an effective agreement can be carried out between Volunteers and Cossacks. Mackinder was apparently in Russia with plenipotentiary powers and promised evacuations of civilians. This is now reported to be limited to women and children. Repeated to Paris for Grew.