740.0011 European War 1939/6267: Telegram

The Chargé in Italy (Reed) to the Secretary of State

1027. I have just seen the Greek Minister who said he was entirely without news of any kind from his Government. The Turkish Ambassador, [Page 547]however, had told him that he had been called to the Foreign Office this morning and informed that as a result of the unsatisfactory response of the Greek Government to Italy’s protests regarding Greek assistance to Great Britain the Italian Government had deemed it necessary to address a note to the Greek Government demanding the use of certain places in Greek territory as naval bases.

Today’s newspapers just published Greek acts of provocation against Albania but do not mention any ultimatum or military action.

Reed