740.0011 European War 1939/395: Telegram

The Minister in Yugoslavia (Lane) to the Secretary of State

277. The Minister for Foreign Affairs59 stated to me this evening that the invasion of Poland by Soviet troops in no way alters Yugoslavia’s position. Although admitting that the Soviet word is of doubtful value he considers that the Soviet guarantee respecting Rumanian territory is helpful. He said he is more than ever convinced that Italy will remain neutral and that Hungary will follow Italy’s lead. He said that the Yugoslav Government is awaiting with much interest the result of the visit to Moscow of the Turkish Foreign Minister60 [Page 437] particularly in view of Turkey’s arrangements with France and Great Britain.

The Minister of War61 informed me today that Rumania will undoubtedly accede to German demands for oil and agricultural products.

  1. Aleksander Cincar-Markovlch.
  2. Sukru Saracoglu.
  3. Gen. Milutin Neditch.