711.94114 Supplies/8–2144: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union ( Harriman ) to the Secretary of State

3088. I have written personally to Vyshinski in the sense of the Department’s 1975, August 19, 4 p.m., concerning relief supplies for prisoners of war in Vladivostok.

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I may say that while I have not failed to bring to his attention the factor of public opinion in the United States, I do not feel, on the basis of past experience, that this argument carries any particular weight with the Soviet Government. An answer will be forthcoming on this matter only when the Soviet authorities have examined it from all angles; and the considerations uppermost in their minds in this examination will undoubtedly be those of preservation of secrecy and security with respect to the Far Eastern ports concerned. This being the case, it is probable that the answer will depend upon the findings of the organs of internal security, whose researches and decisions on requests of foreign governments are almost invariably time consuming.