740.00118 European War 1939/360: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Steinhardt ) to the Secretary of State

1258. Department’s 851, June 28, [7] p.m. Unless and until the Soviet Government extends the customary facilities and information to either Yeaton or Michela and permits them to visit the front it would appear to be futile to send additional American military observers to the Soviet Union who would presumably receive the same treatment now being accorded Yeaton and Michela. While I do not regard the present time as opportune to approach the Soviet authorities on the foregoing subject I shall take the first appropriate occasion to do so. Insofar as concerns the Department’s readiness to annul or relax the restrictions set forth in the Department’s 768, June 7, 1 p.m.,8 and to permit the two Soviet Assistant Military Attachés to remain in the United States, I am entirely in accord with the Department’s thought that these gestures might be of decided value to the Embassy and should appreciate authorization to offer to make these gestures in return for such concessions as I may deem appropriate. I should appreciate an immediate reply as I desire to see Lozovski about various matters.

  1. Not printed; but see note of June 7 to the Ambassador of the Soviet Union, p. 883.