800.51W89 U.S.S.R./185: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Soviet Union (Wiley)

39. Your 71, February 18, 4 p.m. Department does not consider it advisable for you to hold regular press conferences.

If you are queried with regard to understandings stated to have been reached between the President and Mr. Litvinoff, you should state that you were not present at the conversations between the President and Mr. Litvinoff and that therefore you are not in a position to state what took place in the discussions in question.