811.79661/2–1847: Telegram


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



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I also brought up matter of the lend-lease settlement, pointing out that failure of the Soviet Govt to reply to our repeated overtures was [Page 658] becoming embarrassing to us. I stressed importance of beginning these discussions and continuing them, even though they are protracted. Vyshinski1 assured me that he would follow this through personally.

  1. Andrey Yanuaryevich Vishinsky, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union. This conversation probably occurred on February 15.