661.1111/57: Telegram

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

181. Referring to speech of Rosengolts regarding Soviet foreign trade policy made on July 17 and reported in my despatch 1786 of [Page 299] August 7, 1936,24 responsible official of the People’s Commissariat for Foreign Trade has informed me orally that the Soviet Government does not contemplate changing in the near future its purchasing procedure in the United States. It will continue as hitherto to make the bulk of its purchasing through Amtorg. Sales of commodities to American firms will be made either in the Soviet Union or through Amtorg in the United States as seems most advantageous in individual cases. No pressure is to be brought on American firms to appoint representatives in Moscow.

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