740.0011 European War 1939/6253: Telegram

The Minister in Greece (MacVeagh) to the Secretary of State

262. Following some more absurd Italian news agency charges of Greek armed action in Albania, fully denied by the Greek Government yesterday, the Italian Minister handed the Premier an ultimatum at 3 o’clock this morning to [expire?] at 6, demanding permission to occupy certain strategic points. When the Premier asked what points, the Minister said he did not know. This last I have from the British Minister who was at once called in consultation. Indications are that Greece will not comply. Athens is already blacked out.