111.16 Stettinius, Edward R. Jr./151a: Telegram

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

490. Personal for the Ambassador. Ambassador Gromyko called this week and extended to me an official invitation to visit the Soviet Union.16 I have replied that due to other pressing official engagements I have undertaken that it will not be possible for me to make the visit this spring.

He also informed me officially of the award of the Order of Suvorov to General Marshall and requested a prompt reply.17 I have this matter up for consideration by the War Department.

  1. Soviet Ambassador Andrey Andreyevich Gromyko had officially extended an invitation to the Acting Secretary to visit the Soviet Union in a conversation on February 19, 1944 (740.00119 European War 1939/2194).
  2. See the memorandum of March 3 by the Acting Secretary of State, p. 834.