760M.61/105: Telegram

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

647. Minister Norem’s 94, June 5, 2 a.m.21 The Soviet press announces the arrival at Moscow yesterday of the Lithuanian Prime Minister, Mr. Merkys, accompanied by General Reklaitis22 and an official of the Lithuanian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. It states that the visitors were met by an Assistant President of the Soviet of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union, by Dekanozov, an Assistant People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs, and other Soviet civil and military officials, and that the station platform was decorated with Soviet and Lithuanian flags and that Merkys, the Lithuanian Minister at Moscow, and the Soviet Minister at Kaunas were received [yesterday?] by Molotov.

I was introduced last night to the Soviet Minister at Tallinn, whose presence in Moscow at this time may indicate that Baltic problems in general are under discussion. The Latvian Minister,23 however, whom I also saw last night, confirmed the statement reported in the Embassy’s 620, June 4, 4 p.m., that the visit to Moscow of the Latvian Minister of War has no particular significance.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Presumably Gen. Stasys Rastikis, Commander in Chief of the Lithuanian Army.
  3. Fricis Kocins.