891.77/715: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Iran (Schnare)4

65. Your 108, January 29. By telegram to Moscow sent January 19,5 Department provided general information regarding purpose and character of planned American operations. We think Russian Ambassador’s instructions may have been sent prior to receipt of this information, and we are asking Moscow to ascertain present attitude of Soviet Government.

For your confidential information, Department does not consider it our responsibility to engage in negotiations with Russians in connection with operation of Iranian transport routes in question. If Soviet Government is still reluctant to give its consent, Department will request Foreign Office at London to take matter up.

  1. The substance of this telegram, and a verbatim text of Tehran’s telegram No. 108, were transmitted to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union in telegram No. 66, February 4, 11 p.m.
  2. No. 34, p. 439.