864.01/477: Telegram

The Minister in Sweden (Johnson) to the Secretary of State

1069. See my 1023, March 26, 9 p.m. Italian Minister arranged meeting March 27 between Hungarian Minister and Soviet First Counselor Semenov. Latter wished Ullein Reviczky hearty welcome to ranks of peoples fighting Hitler. Semenov indicated Madame Kollontay would like to see Ullein sometime. Latter asked Semenov to convey his compliments to her. No appointment made yet but interview is likely.

British Legation informed Ullein by telephone that Chargé Montagu-Pollock wished to see him at 11 o’clock, March 28. Ullein called as requested. Pollock gave him friendly welcome and stated that according to instructions from London British Government did not favor creation of any free Hungarian Government or committee and would in fact not recognize one. However, British Government would welcome any cooperative effort of anti-German Hungarians outside Hungary.

Pollock inquired what contact Ullein has with other Allied Legations. Hungarian Minister mentioned having just met Semenov and added that Hungarian Legation had been for some time in private contact with American Legation and he himself had come into contact with Americans more recently. This contact was developing favorably.

Hungarians declare their intention of responding to friendly approaches of Allied Legations while maintaining principal contact with American Legation in order to avoid confusion. They are confident [Page 858] that American Government will coordinate with other Allied Governments to insure uniform Allied policy for fostering Hungarian resistance.

Ullein believes his message to other Hungarian Chiefs of Mission (my 1021, March 26, 7 p.m.) is in keeping with British instructions which Pollock expounded to him.