740.0011 European War 1939/18521: Telegram

The Minister in Sweden ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State

76. Helsinki’s 32, January 12, 3 p.m.1 German propaganda concerning Soviet plans for border states also having noticeable effect in Sweden where fear and distrust of Russian aims is scarcely less than in Finland. British Minister2 has telegraphed his Government suggesting some statement be made by Mr. Eden3 in House of Commons which would allay apprehensions of the northern countries and that Soviets be pressed to make some disavowal of aggressive intentions. Should our Government find it possible publicly to make some [Page 327] contribution to the same end, would have immense value in strengthening support here for cause of democracies in Government and public opinion.

Repeated to Helsinki.

  1. Not printed.
  2. V. A. L. Mallet.
  3. Anthony Eden, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.