Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Secretary of State

The Soviet Ambassador called to see me this afternoon at my request. The Ambassador asked me if I had any news with regard to Admiral Standley’s statements to the press yesterday. I said that I had no reply as yet from Admiral Standley to the message I had sent him asking for a report on the statements which he had made, and that all I could say on the subject had been said to my press conference today. The Ambassador said that he had, of course, read the text of my remarks. The Ambassador had in his pocket a long list showing the publication in the Moscow press, both Pravda and the Red Star, of statements and speeches by officials of this Government showing the amount of assistance being furnished by the United States to the Soviet Government. The Ambassador read to me some excerpts from these newspaper publications.

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