840.50 UNRRA/6–3045: Telegram

The Chargé in Czechoslovakia ( Klieforth ) to the Secretary of State

47. Your 26, June 27.85 1. Soviet military lives indiscriminately and almost entirely off the land in Zecho. Except for small amounts brought originally into the country, it has replaced with much publicity and for obvious political purposes, a token amount of grain claimed to have been imported from Russia. However amounts of food and supplies removed to Russia have been negligible. Coincidental with the cession of Ruthenia to Russia,86 all Soviet forces to be withdrawn from Prague by July 3 and Soviet garrisons substantially reduced throughout country. This withdrawal will have material effect on country’s food situation. No authoritative estimate of any kind obtainable as to the large number of Russian troops in country therefore no estimate available of amounts of food used by Soviet military.

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2. No relief supplies being brought to Zecho from areas under Soviet control.

Klieforth
  1. Not printed; the content of this message was virtually identical with that of telegram 1437, June 27, 8 p.m., to Moscow, substance of which is given in footnote 87, p. 988.
  2. For documentation on U.S. interest in the cession by Czechoslovakia of Sub-Carpathian Ruthenia to the Soviet Union on June 29, 1945, see vol. iv, pp. 509 ff.