740.00112 EW/1–545: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the Secretary of State

161. MEW has confirmed that there is no basis for misunderstanding of the terms of the interim agreement now in force as pointed out in Embassy’s 117 of January 4.45

MEW has cabled Stockholm to the effect that the Swedes should be told that it is the understanding of the British Government that no trade shall take place after the first of January with Germany, occupied territories and satellite nations except for particular transactions which can only be permitted after specific approval by the [Page 742] JSC and that this applies to any barter arrangements made in 1944 as well as to commitments made in 1945.

Sent to Department repeated to Stockholm.

  1. Not printed; it asserted that the tripartite interim trade agreement reached at London in December 1944 left no room for misunderstanding regarding the possible continuation of Swedish trade with Norway and Denmark (740.00112–European War/1–445).