740.00114A Pacific War/434: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Standley) to the Secretary of State

416. Department’s 205, April 17, to Kuibyshev. I emphasized to Mikoyan77 yesterday the desire of my Government to find a means to meet the urgent needs of American nationals under Jap detention, outlining to him the considerations set forth in my note to the Foreign Office. He stated that he had discussed the matter with Molotov and that Molotov had promised to give me answer to my note in a few days.

I have today received a note from Molotov stating that “the Soviet Government expresses its readiness to render assistance to the Government of the United States in transporting supplies or correspondence to American citizens who are in territory controlled by the Japanese either as war prisoners or as internees on condition naturally that there is reached a suitable understanding on this question between the American and Japanese Governments.[”]

  1. Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan, People’s Commissar for Foreign Trade of the Soviet Union.