The Minister in Latvia (Skinner) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 14.]
Sir: The Department will read, no doubt, with interest, the enclosed confidential letter from our Chargé at Tallinn to myself in regard to the debt owing by the Estonian Government to the United States. On May 6th, last, I discovered that the Estonian budget for 1932/33 apparently contemplated no payments of any kind to the Government of the United States. At that time the impression was also forming itself in my mind that the various European Governments were in consultation with each other and were endeavoring to organize a united front and by this means to avoid making any payments to the United States. I asked Mr. Carlson, therefore, to “make discreet inquiries and ascertain whether the amounts normally due to the United States are included under some general heading or whether it is proposed by the Estonian Government to avoid payment altogether.” In Mr. Carlson’s final reply, which is now enclosed, he shows that the Estonian Government was not proposing to make payments to the United States, and at the present time is earnestly hoping to secure reconsideration of its obligations.