The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman)
2175. Please deliver the following message from me personally to Mr. Molotov:44
“While in London45 I advised you that the United States Government desired to sink the units of the Japanese fleet which were surrendered to the United States Navy and that I had requested that this action be delayed until I could inform you and Mr. Bevin46 of our plan. You did not then present any views.
I am writing now to say that the Navy again has communicated with me, and if you care to express any views with reference to this plan, I should like to hear at an early date so that I can advise the officials of our Navy.
With best wishes.”
- Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union.↩
- Mr. Byrnes attended the first session of the Council of Foreign Ministers at London from September 11 to October 2; for documentation on this Conference, see vol. ii, pp. 99 ff.↩
- Ernest Bevin, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.↩