763.72114/5201: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Davis) to the Secretary of State

133. Your 55, January 21, 2 p.m.61 Embassy has discussed with the Foreign Office the subject matter of your telegram number 25, January 10, 6 p.m. Foreign Office has now replied formally that the British Government has no objection in principle in the initiation of negotiations by Mr. O’Grady for the release from Soviet Russia of Mrs. Doty and other American citizens provided that such negotiations should not be prejudicial to those already initiated on the behalf of the British prisoners of war and civilians in Soviet Russia.

Foreign Office, therefore suggests that the American Chargé d’Affaires at Copenhagen be instructed to put himself in touch with [Page 670] Mr. O’Grady in the matter, though presumably in view of the fact that Miss Sante and Miss Loviaguine are Russian nationals, it is improbable that Monsieur Litvinoff will consent to discuss their respective cases.

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