711.61/292: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in France (Marriner)

312. Your 478, October 23, 11 a.m.24 Issue diplomatic visas to Litvinov and members of his party placing visas on Soviet passports without requiring personal appearance of applicants. For your confidential information this government does not consider the issue of diplomatic visas in these cases as a precedent nor does it consider such acts a recognition of the present régime in Russia. Cable when visas issued, name of ship, date and port of arrival and names of persons to whom visas granted.25

  1. Not printed.
  2. In telegram No. 487, October 30, 6 p.m., the Chargé in France reported that visas had been issued that day to Litvinov and the following members of his party who were to sail on the Berengaria, November 1: Ivan Divilkovsky, Secretary General of the Soviet Foreign Office, and Constantin Oumansky, Director of the Press Bureau of the Soviet Foreign Office (711.61/302).