The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Steinhardt )
586. Information contained in your 1202 of September 22, 6 p.m., appreciated. The British Ambassador apparently has been misinformed by his Foreign Office. This Government has never requested or suggested that the British Government refuse to release the gold. In response to queries from members of the British Embassy, members of the Department on several occasions have endeavored to explain the position of the American Government in this regard. They have made it clear, however, that since the international situation of Great Britain is quite different from that of the United States each country must feel free in situations of this kind to adopt such policies as it may deem most likely to serve its interests. This information is for your own personal use and background.