740.0011 Mutual Guarantee (Eastern Locarno)/56: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

325. My No. 320, September 24.44 Rubinin45 informed me today that the Soviet Government had given up all hope that the Eastern Locarno agreement might be pushed through. He added that the Soviet Government was still confident that France and Czechoslovakia would make an agreement with the Soviet Union for mutual defense. He said that the Soviet Government was fully aware that Great Britain and Italy were bringing great pressure to bear on France to refuse to make any definite agreement but that he believed the French had no intention of turning from their present course. The French Ambassador46 last night assured me that there was no chance whatever that France would yield to British and Italian pressure. He stated that as soon as the defensive agreement had been signed it would be made public. Both Rubinin and the French Ambassador said that no word had yet been put on paper.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Evgeny Vladimirovich Rubinin, Soviet Director of the Third Department of Western Political Affairs.
  3. Charles Alphand.