861.48/1478: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol)

64. Your 224, July 25, 5 p.m. Relief measures suggested by you are in charge of Mr. Hoover’s organization which is amply equipped for the purpose provided Soviet authorities observe rules necessary for distribution.

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For your information and guidance you are informed that American Consul at Reval was instructed yesterday23 to deliver to Litvinov a message the principal points of which were that efforts to secure release of American prisoners in Russia have proved fruitless; that the American Government demands of the Soviet authorities that prisoners be released at once and further that it is manifestly impossible for American authorities to countenance measures for relief of distress in Russia while American citizens are still detained.

  1. See telegram, July 25, 3 p.m., to the Consul at Reval, p. 800.