701.3261/10–2247: Telegram

The Chargé in Brazil (Key) to the Secretary of State


1459. At his request called on Secretary-General Foreign Office18 this afternoon, who asked if any word received re plans departure from Moscow Brazilian Embassy personnel beyond tentative scheme outlined Moscow’s 3056, October 18.19 I replied only additional information available this subject was Moscow’s 3075, October 2120 substance which I gave him.

Accioly said while no definite plans yet formulated for departure Soviet personnel from Rio (in fact Foreign Office as yet uninformed what country will assume charge representation Soviet interests), Foreign Office was thinking along following lines, provided reciprocal treatment is accorded by Soviets to Brazilian Embassy personnel:

All Soviet Embassy personnel will be permitted take with them their personal baggage without limit and without examination; all excess baggage, furniture, etc., would be handed over also without examination to representing power for subsequent forwarding.
Soviet personnel will be permitted select their own destination and means of transportation. All expenses, of course, will be borne by Soviet personnel.
Meantime Soviet personnel being permitted move freely within limits Rio and continue living in their homes but cannot send telegrams in code.

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It is quite evident that Foreign Office will not permit Soviet personnel to depart from Brazil until it feels assured that plans for departure of Brazilian Embassy personnel are definite and that treatment accorded them is not inconsistent with above.

Foreign Office feels plans would greatly be facilitated if some power is promptly designated by Soviets to assume representation of the latter’s interests here.

Department relay Moscow.

  1. Hildebrando Accioly.
  2. Not printed.
  3. According to telegram 3075, October 21, 6 p.m., the Chargé in the Soviet Union had received a noncommittal reply to his inquiry concerning arrangements for the departure of the Brazilians (701.3261/10–2147).