361.11/3696: Telegram

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

10. Referring to the several recent instructions for communication to Dr. Nansen regarding repatriation of American citizens in Russia. He asks me to inquire whether there is any likelihood that the Government of the United States will soon be willing to negotiate direct as the Soviets have frequently intimated a desire that it do so and, negotiations have [having] been quiescent for several months, this seems a favorable occasion for making the change if desired. He is entirely willing to continue his work if such is your wish.