711.94114 Supplies/9: Telegram
The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Standley) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 4—4:44 p.m.]
1004. My 933, July 24, 1 p.m.85 I took occasion again last night to press Molotov for a decision on this question. Molotov commented on the unsatisfactory status of Japanese-Soviet relations remarking that the Japanese had seized another Soviet ship and intimated that perhaps it might be better for us to make all necessary arrangements with the Japanese through the Swiss. He said that the Soviet Government would, of course, help all it could. He did not give a definite [Page 809] answer to my representations but I received the impression that the Soviet authorities were reluctant to discuss this question with the Japanese.