711.61/4–645: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador m the Soviet Union (Harriman)

817. Personal for the Ambassador. We find most helpful and are carefully studying the review of our relations with the Soviet as given in your 1061, April 6, 1 p.m. I am cognizant that a cable is a difficult medium to use in giving us the true picture; however, I believe we should await Stalin’s replies to the President’s last two important messages31 before deciding on a date for your return here.

  1. On April 7, Stalin sent two replies to President Roosevelt. One was to the President’s message No. 218, April 1, concerning Polish problems; for texts of message No. 218 and reply, see ante, pp. 194 and 201, respectively. The other was to the President’s message No. 222, April 4, concerning the discussion of surrender terms for Germany which had taken place at Bern; for texts of message No. 222 and reply, see vol. iii, pp. 745 and 749, respectively.