24. Telegram From the Embassy in Austria to the Department of State1

1093. Hungarian statement re neutrality and guaranty by great powers may revive question 4-power guaranty Austria.,2 In meeting I had with Figl and Kreisky this morning Austrians asked casually what would happen if Soviets did not stop at Hungarian frontier. In effort head off formal raising of guarantees question I said I had no instructions but pointed out was great distinction between whether Soviets evacuated country they now held and an attack on a free country like Austria. Did not think there was any likelihood of other than minor border incidents but felt no doubt whatever that a real attack on Austria would result in showdown between West and East.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 663.0221/11–256. Secret. Repeated to Moscow, London, and Paris.
  2. On November 2, Soviet tanks surrounded Budapest. The Hungarian Premier responded by withdrawing Hungary from the Warsaw Pact and declaring Hungarian neutrality. For documentation, see volume xxv.