701.3261/10–2347: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Durbrow) to the Secretary of State


3089. Upon receipt Deptel 1459, October 22, I called on Chief Protocol and gave substance proposed treatment Soviet Embassy staff Rio stressing reciprocity and asked if protecting power chosen. I also stated Brazilian Ambassador had commented on courteous treatment he and members his staff receiving here which had been reported Rio. (Mytel 3084, October 23).21

Chief Protocol after stating pleased to hear Brazilians here satisfied his treatment, added he had some very disquieting news to impart. FonOff had just received press report of several incidents of “hooliganism” which had taken place against both personnel and premises Soviet Embassy Rio. He stated that this was completely contrary to all international usage, could not be tolerated and that Soviet Government expected Brazilian Government take all necessary security measures to assure the protection of the Soviet staff until their departure. He added that since the press reports were fragmentary, it might be necessary for him to revert to this matter later. In informing him was sorry to hear of this unfortunate matter, I stated I would report his remarks to Washington for transmission to Rio.

When asked if he had any word re protecting power, he replied decision not yet taken.

In regard to date of departure Brazilian staff here he stated that would depend on date and arrangements made for departure Soviet staff Rio. He did not know if they planned depart by sea or air. I informed Brazilian Ambassador of above who asked me to inform his government most emphatically that he and all members his staff are being treated in exactly same manner as they were before break, they [Page 400] under no restraint, Ambassador and other members of staff have been permitted make private telephone calls to their wives abroad and that they are being treated with full courtesy. Ambassador expressed strong regrets that incidents had taken place and felt sure Brazilian Government would take all measures prevent any further incidents.

Department repeat Rio.

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