740.0011 European War 1939/3238: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State

815. Pierre Cot, former Minister of Air, has been ordered by Paul Reynaud to proceed to Moscow this evening in order to attempt to persuade the Bolsheviks to reduce their deliveries of supplies to Germany.

He called on me this afternoon and asked me whether or not the United States would be disposed to make deliveries of commodities that the Bolsheviks might want greatly if the Bolsheviks should promise to reduce their deliveries to Germany.

I replied that we were not so induced as to consider that a Bolshevik promise was worth anything. I thought, however, that if during the period of the next 6 months the Bolsheviks should reduce greatly their deliveries to Germany we might regard them with a less clear eye.