The Chief of the Division of
Economic Security Controls (Rubin) to the Acting Chief of the Division of Economic
Security Controls (Oliver)1
Dear Covey: I have seen the Department’s telegram 131, July 26,2 for Pauley, stating that the British have handed us a memorandum stating the possibility that the different Soviet Republics might enter separate reparation claims.
So far, this has not happened, and I think that the U. S. S. R. intends to treat its claims as a whole. In any case, the zonal plan of reparation which seems to be evolving contemplates that all of the U. S. S. R. and Poland will be compensated by what they choose to take from the Eastern Zone, plus perhaps an additional agreed amount from the Western Zones. This makes immaterial separate claims on behalf of the Republics or of the Baltic States.