740.0011 European War 1939/1528: Telegram

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

77. For the Secretary and Under Secretary. My telegram numbers 36, January 8, noon; 48, January 10, 4 p.m.; and 53, January 11, [Page 455] 5 p.m.83 Evidence is accumulating that some arrangement may be under discussion between the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics and Germany whereby the Lwow area would be utilized by Germany as a base for eventual operations against Rumania. In view of the methods successfully pursued in the division of Poland, whereby Polish resistance was broken by the German armies and a territorial division effected with a slight effort on the part of the Soviet Union it is not unlikely that a similar arrangement may be in contemplation with respect to Rumania whereby Bessarabia would become the Soviet share of the spoils.

  1. Telegram No. 53 not printed.