859.01/2–2145: Telegram

The Minister in Sweden ( Johnson ) to the Secretary of State

658. [To London:] Without knowing what instructions Department may send you28 relative to Legation’s 623, February 19, 7 p.m. [Page 567] to Washington (sent to London as 328, February 21, 8 p.m. and to Moscow as 11, February 21, 8 p.m.), Legation sends following information at request of Erling Foss of Danish Freedom Council:

Doessing advises against your making further suggestions at this time that Soviets make comments on American acknowledgment of message from Danish Freedom Council and resisting politicians or make a parallel Russian acknowledgment. Doessing’s Stockholm trip was as Russians know for purpose of bringing back to Moscow fresh information regarding Danish internal situation. Doessing will soon return to Moscow and he expects his comments on Danish political developments will serve to influence Russians toward taking favorable views of Danish message. Foss believes Russians will not care to take a stand until Doessing has returned. Danes here would deplore Russian action now which might well be less favorable than that which Doessing hopes to obtain.

My 658, February 21, 8 p.m. to Department and 329, February 21, 8 p.m. to London repeat this.

  1. The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant).