The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Steinhardt ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 7:52 p.m.]
227. My No. 5, January 2, 3 p.m. I have been informed by the British Ambassador that probably as a result of his policy of aloofness and recent remarks made by him to Vishinski8 regarding Molotov’s9 continued failure to receive him, he was summoned to the Kremlin by Molotov a few days ago.
At the interview Molotov not only had nothing to say to the Ambassador but in response to the latter’s efforts to initiate a general conversation on political subjects, Molotov pointedly declined to say anything.