The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 3—1.10 p.m.]
41. Department’s 3, January 13, 8 p.m.34 After evacuation of Crimea French Government took over available assets of Wrangel government to help cover expenses of caring for refugees. These assets include war and merchant vessels of which French Government with Wrangel’s consent has now sold four minor vessels. Majority of Wrangel fleet is under French control in port of Bizerte.
According to statement of local Russian mission supplies belonging to Wrangel government valued at more than 100,000,000 francs have been taken over by the French. Friction has resulted from French action in seizing and disposing of some of this property without granting Russians facilities for checking total value.
Particulars by mail. Repeated to Paris.
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