033.1161 Johnston, Eric/3: Telegram

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

1269. Moscow papers for April 12 carried a Tass52 report London containing a statement of Mr. Eric Johnston to the effect that he was going to Russia to discuss future trade possibilities with the Soviet Union and to find out how the postwar position of Russia and its trade will affect the average United States citizen. Tass quotes Mr. Johnston as stating that he intended to speak frankly to the Russians, that he hoped they would speak frankly with him and that he intended to study the economic consequences of the differences in the social, political and economic systems of Russia and the United States since if “we wish to have peace we must learn how to cooperate together”.

  1. Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union, official communication agency of the Soviet Government.