611.6131/306: Telegram

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

135. Your 72 [71], March 27, 9 p.m., and my 133, April 2, 5 p.m. Litvinov sent for me this afternoon. In a particularly amiable mood he assured me that the Soviet Government was prepared in principle to meet your desires in order to obtain tariff concessions on most favored [Page 194] nation basis. He stated that it would be impossible to stipulate “rigidly” the volume of future Soviet purchases in the United States but declared that they would be substantially increased; for example, in 1935 purchases would approximately double those of last year and would probably amount to some $30,000,000. He suggested if agreeable to you an exchange of notes and proposed to hand me his draft note within the next several days.

Wiley