361.11/3756: Telegram

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

31. Referring to the Department’s number 28, June 23, 5 p.m. Nansen informs me that he has received no reply to his telegrams, that Litvinov seems opposed to the release of American prisoners and that it seems useless for him to send further telegrams unless Department has some new proposition to offer Russia. He believes that the Government should take extreme measures at least prevent American goods going to Russia. Also suggests following the plan adopted by France to force the release of French prisoners. See last paragraph in my cable 12, April 12, 3 p.m.