Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The Soviet Ambassador, Andrei Gromyko, called upon me this afternoon at his request.

Ambassador Gromyko stated he wished to talk to me about the Victor Kravchenko matter, which he had raised several times before and on which his Government was very anxious to receive an answer.

The Ambassador said that he had come to see me two weeks ago and had not yet received an answer. I reminded him that we had given him a note on this subject a week ago,38 and he said, “Yes, but [Page 1241] this note did not say anything.” I advised the Ambassador that we had this matter very much in mind, I was giving it my personal attention, and there was nothing I could say to him this afternoon that could be helpful, but at the moment we were able to make a statement to him, I should communicate with him promptly.

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