Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The Soviet Ambassador called upon me this morning at his request.

He stated that it had been three weeks since he had raised with me the question of the alleged deserter, Mr. Kravchenko, and that he was [Page 1240] extremely anxious to have a reply. He said he attached the greatest importance to the matter.

I told the Ambassador that the whole situation was being studied and that I would communicate with him promptly.

E[dward] S[tettinius]