740.00118 European War 1939/360: Telegram

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

858. Your 1258, July 1, 10 a.m. You are authorized to inform Lozovski that your Government is prepared (1) to relax or annul the travel restrictions set forth in the Department’s 768, June 7, 1 p.m., and (2) to permit the two Soviet Assistant Military Attachés to remain in this country, on condition that the Soviet Government in return agrees to make such reasonable concessions to the Embassy as you may deem appropriate.

The Navy Department has now advised the Department that it desires to appoint a Naval Attaché and a Naval Attaché for Air, and an Assistant Naval Attaché and an Assistant Naval Attaché for Air to the Embassy, and that it also desires to establish a Naval Observers’ Post at Vladivostok. The Soviet Ambassador in Washington has informed the Department on June 23 that the Soviet Government would be pleased to accept any officer whom the American Government might designate as Naval Attaché and would be willing to have him bring his staff to Moscow with him. Your views on the desires of the Navy Department would be appreciated.