The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Standley ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 21—6:56 a.m.]
905. Department’s 578, July 17. Matter taken up with Foreign Office today and urgency for expeditious action stressed. Please advise Embassy what quantities of medical supplies and concentrated foods it is now proposed to send.
In view of obstructions and delays usually encountered in connection with the entry of American aircraft into the Soviet Union and the obvious reluctance of the Soviet authorities to permit American planes to enter the Soviet Far East I feel that it would be more expeditious in the long run to ship the supplies by Soviet vessels to Vladivostok or directly to such Japanese ports as would be agreed upon by the two Governments.