740.0011 European War/33802

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

Subject: Further Support of the Four Nation Declaration

The Soviet Ambassador66 called at his request. He said that Mr. Molotov,67 in reply to my recent message urging that he take occasion to show some interest in further support of the Four Nation Declaration, agreed that it would be a fine and timely thing to do. I pointed out how Russia was suffering in the eyes of the American public on account of a number of acts which were being construed as unilateralism on the part of Russia, et cetera. I covered this whole field.

The Ambassador said that Mr. Molotov now sends me a reply to the effect that he sees no reason why Russia should come out at this time reiterating its support of the Four Nation Declaration, but that his Government would be willing for the United States, Great Britain and Russia to make a joint statement reiterating their interest in and their support of the Four Nation Declaration. I thanked him and said that I would think more about this matter in the hope that something could be done to break down the rising hostility to Russia on account of these small acts on her part which are being interpreted as a movement toward unilateralism.68 I made this full and clear by means of several illustrations. The Ambassador said he fully understood; that he would give the matter further attention and communicate again with Mr. Molotov.

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  1. Andrey Andreyevich Gromyko.
  2. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.
  3. On this subject, see telegram 268, February 9, to Moscow, vol. iv, p. 824.