740.0011 European War 1939/3723: Telegram

The Ambassador in Spain (Weddell) to the Secretary of State

182. My 178, June 10, 11 p.m. Up to the present there has been no apparent change in Spain’s official neutrality policy but the whole situation remains extremely fluid.

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It is perhaps significant to note that Franco has refrained from any official pronouncement regarding the new situation in contrast to his other prompt and categorical declarations of neutrality on the occasion of previous new extensions of the European conflict. It is possible that should Spanish sympathies and Italian-German pressure result in a change of policy on the part of the Government, this might in the first phase at least, be manifest in an attitude of “non-belligerency” in place of the present “neutrality”. Should this come about it would still remain to be seen whether this would necessarily mean an eventual Spanish entry into the war.