861.24/576: Telegram

The Ambassador in Japan (Grew) to the Secretary of State

1330. Embassy’s 1319, August 27, 4 p.m., paragraph 3. The Foreign Office today informed us “off the record” that on August 26 the Soviet Foreign Commissar stated to the Japanese Ambassador in reply to representations by the latter with regard to Soviet purchases of American gasoline and other military supplies that the areas from which Japan obtains military supplies is not a matter with which the Soviet Union is concerned and that correspondingly the Soviet Union cannot admit that purchase by the Soviet Union of military supplies from the United States is a matter of concern to Japan.

Sent to the Department, repeated to Moscow.