740.00119 EW/10–3044: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan) to the Secretary of State

4146. On October 28, immediately after the signing of the Bulgarian armistice agreement (4138, October 28, 6 p.m.29), I took the liberty of handing to Mr. Stainov30 a letter, addressed to the Bulgarian armistice delegation, stating that the United States Government [Page 482] expected the Bulgarian Government to break immediately all relations with Japan. The wording of the letter was the same as that of the letter addressed to the Rumanian armistice delegation on the same subject (Embassy’s 3492, September 14, 7 p.m.31). The British Ambassador,32 acting on instructions, was handing Mr. Stainov a similar letter at that time, and I feared that any delay on our part in doing likewise might invite interpretation.33

Sent to the Department as 4146; repeated to AmPolAd,34 Caserta, as No. 7.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Petko Stainov, Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Vol. iv, section under Rumania entitled “Post-armistice problems of occupation and control of Rumania …”
  4. Sir Archibald J. K. Clark Kerr.
  5. Bulgaria severed relations with Japan as of November 6.
  6. American Political Adviser; Alexander C. Kirk was Political Adviser on the staff of the Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean (SACMED), Gen. Sir Henry Maitland Wilson.