760h.74/7–945: Telegram

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

2485. ReDeptel 1489, July 2. In view of plans of Brit Amb,38 myself, Molotov and Vyshinsky,39 any discussions of question of Bulgarian Yugo pact which could now be arranged would have to be conducted by Kennan40 and Roberts41 with a more junior official of FonOff. In the circumstances, and particularly in view of forthcoming Berlin meeting, I feel that such discussions could now lead only to fruitless repetition of divergent views of three powers already set forth in exchanges of correspondence of Feb and Mar of this year. Unless therefore Dept sees some special objective to be gained by reopening discussions on this subject at this time I would not favor doing so before Berlin meeting. Fact of matter is that despite Soviet Govt’s expressed views in favor of conclusion of such pact, nothing further has occurred along these lines and project, for reasons not entirely apparent to us, seems to have been dormant.42

Sent Dept, rptd Belgrade 22, Sofia 65.

  1. Sir Archibald J. K. Clark Kerr.
  2. Andrey Yanuaryevich Vyshinsky, First Assistant People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.
  3. George F. Kennan, Counselor of Embassy in the Soviet Union.
  4. Frank K. Roberts, Counselor in the British Embassy in the Soviet Union.
  5. For a suggestion of possible reasons for the dormancy of the project, see telegram 302, June 7, from the United States Representative in Bulgaria, vol. iv, p. 250.