The Japanese Ambassador in the
Soviet Union (Sato) to the Japanese Minister of Foreign
1417. Re my telegram No. 1385.1
On the evening of the 18th I received a confidential note from Lozovsky which reads as follows: [Page 1251]
“Moscow, July 18, 1945
“His Excellency Naotake Sato, Envoy Extraordinary and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to the Soviet Union
“I have the honor to confirm that I am in receipt of your note dated July 13, and the message from His Majesty the Emperor of Japan.2
“By order of the Government of the USSR, I have the honor to call your attention to the fact that the Imperial views stated in the message of the Emperor of Japan are general in form and contain no concrete proposal. The mission of Prince Konoye, special envoy, is also not clear to the Government of the USSR.
“The Government of the USSR, accordingly, is unable to give any definite reply either as to the message of the Emperor of Japan or to the dispatch of Prince Konoye as special envoy mentioned in your note of July 13.
“I avail myself of this opportunity to express to you my highest esteem. S. A. Lozovsky”[.]