761.71/185: Telegram

The Minister in Rumania (Gunther) to the Secretary of State

65. Information reached me yesterday from a creditable but unconfirmed source that a squadron of Russian airplanes a few days ago flew over Bessarabia and went as far as Iasi.90 It was added that when the Bessarabian officials telephoned to Bucharest for instructions they were told to do nothing. Of course no mention of this has been allowed to appear in the local press.

Today I had an opportunity of checking up on this with one of the principal Ministers. It appears that it is true and moreover that it is not the first time. To avoid creating an incident and an excuse the Rumanian authorities have done nothing.

  1. Jassy.