793.94/12089: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

20. Your 74, January 14, 1 p.m. Litvinov at no time made a statement, such as you describe, to Mr. Davis at Brussels. Litvinov, after asking Mr. Davis during a luncheon conversation on November 4, 1937, how far the United States would be willing to go in coercive action and after having been told by Mr. Davis that we were not considering coercive action at this time, indicated that “Russia would be quite prepared to act with England and the United States, but that she would want to feel certain that she would not be left with the bag to hold.”

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There was no other reference in Mr. Davis’ conversations with Litvinov to coercive action and none to a declaration of war.

Mr. Davis, who has been consulted, confirms that the question of a declaration of war was at no time mentioned in his conversations with Litvinov, even indirectly.