125.977/13: Telegram

The Chargé in Japan (Wilson) to the Secretary of State


48. I have received the following telegram dated May 1, 5 p.m., from the consul at Vladivostok: [Page 797]

Please inform Department as follows: On April 25 the conditions set forth in its 38, April 20, 5 p.m., to you were made known in writing to the local authorities. Yesterday I received a call from the Secretary for Foreign Affairs who informed me that pending official recognition or some other form of mutual agreement between the Soviet Government and the United States, the Soviet authorities were not prepared to consider allowing the immunities and privileges requested. He said that he had telegraphed to Moscow regarding my communication, and I think that his reply was based upon instructions received directly from Moscow. I told him that on May 15 the consulate would be closed and that I and the American staff would leave Russia. …