861.50 Am 3/29: Telegram

The Special Mission at Lausanne53 to the Secretary of State


87. We have received indirectly from Chicherin intimations which indicate that he is intensely desirous of again informally negotiating to have an unofficial commission sent by the United States to Russia to obtain information and for other purposes. Ambassador Child believes that information which can be obtained from other sources is sufficient for the present purposes of the United States. He thinks that Lausanne is not the place in which to entertain this suggestion and that the only purpose which could be confidently predicted is increased Soviet propaganda and prestige.

Am[erican] Mission
  1. The Ambassador in Italy (Child) and the Minister in Switzerland (Grew) had been instructed to be present at Lausanne as observers during the sessions of the conference for negotiating peace between the Allies and Turkey.