740.0011 European War 1939/2278: Telegram

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


392. The Swedish Minister96 told me the following this morning in the strictest confidence.

1. He said he had learned from a member of the German Embassy that on the day of the invasion of Denmark and Norway the German Ambassador had called on Molotov and had advised him of the invasion (see my telegram No. 361, April 9, noon97) giving Molotov an assurance that Germany did not intend to invade or attack Sweden or Finland and requesting and receiving a similar assurance from Molotov with respect to Soviet intentions.

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  1. Another section of this telegram is printed on p. 327.
  2. Per Wilhelm Gustaf Assarsson, since February 25, 1940.
  3. See footnote 91, p. 549.