761.71/193: Telegram

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

353. Reference my telegram No. 338, March 30, 7 p.m.95 the Rumanian Minister96 has informed me in strict confidence that under instructions from his Government he saw Molotov 2 days ago in connection with the latter’s remarks at the recent meeting of the Supreme Soviet. At this interview Molotov stated that it was not the intention of the Soviet Government to prolong the present incomplete relationship between the two countries97 and that in due time (which the Minister believes may be interpreted to mean within the next 2 or 3 weeks) a new Soviet Minister will be appointed to Bucharest.

  1. Vol. iii, p. 192. See also telegram No. 337, March 29, 10 a.m. [p.m.?], ibid., p. 191, wherein the Chargé in the Soviet Union reported remarks on Rumania made by Molotov in his speech before the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union.
  2. Gheorghe Davidescu.
  3. The Soviet Union did not have a Minister in Rumania after February 1938; see vol. iii, p. 193, footnote 39. For a statement by Ambassador Konstantin Alexandrovich Umansky to Secretary of State Hull that the Soviet Union “had no intention to interfere with Bessarabia”, see the Secretary’s memorandum of April 2, ibid., p. 266.