861.24/1278a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Second Secretary of Embassy in the Soviet Union (Thompson), at Moscow

82. “From Stettinius for Faymonville. Representatives of U.S.S.R. here have asked that we provide in lump form 80 percent of their sugar requirements. Lump sugar is no longer produced and American consumers cannot obtain it, nor do the American Armed Forces purchase it in substantial quantities. The renewal of production will be necessary to meet the requirement and considerable difficulty in meeting Soviet requirements will result. Likewise, more waste in shipping space takes place from shipping this form of sugar. It is not our purpose to supply any amount of the sugar requirements in lump form unless you can inform us of specific reasons of great urgency which the Russians may set forth as making this necessary.”