740. 0011 European War 1939/3643: Telegram

The Minister in Bulgaria ( Earle ) to the Secretary of State

59. Have had a conversation with Sir Stafford Cripps, new British Ambassador to Russia, passing through en route to Moscow.

He says there has been tremendous change in the last 2 weeks in the attitude of Russia toward France and Great Britain. He states he has real hope of something “very constructive” being arranged.

He believes Russia at last realizes that Germany’s war machine in the event of conquest of France and Britain will not be disbanded until Russia is crushed.