740.0011 European War 1939/12771: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

2454. Your 2843, July 4, 10 p.m.73 I suggest that you might tell the Russian Ambassador that in Washington we endeavor to bring to the attention of the Soviet Ambassador such reports with regard to the international situation as we appropriately and helpfully can; that we assume that the British Government follows a similar practice in its relations with the Soviet Ambassador in London; and that your own information which reaches you either from Washington or from the Government to which you are accredited is presumably not as complete as that communicated directly to the Soviet Ambassador here by the American Government or to the Soviet Ambassador there by the British Government. You might add that the gist of your information is that according to some reports the Japanese Government has decided to move militarily against Siberia; that according to other reports the Japanese Government has decided to move southwards but not to the extent of a major military undertaking; and that according to still other reports the Japanese Government is preparing for all possible contingencies but has not yet made up its mind whether or in what direction to make a new military move. You will, of course, wish to indicate a desire to be helpful in the way of exchanging information.

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