29. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Austria1

1781. Schoener telephoned Gruber last night to say he and Figl had long and friendly conversation with Shepilov in course of courtesy call by Figl at UN yesterday. Shepilov repeated several times Soviets completely satisfied with Austria’s neutral conduct and there was no danger to Austria from Soviet side. Soviet troop movements near Austrian border not directed at Austria.

Only reference Hungarian refugee problem was Shepilov inquiry whether any Hungarians showing signs wishing to return. Upon Figl’s statement none known but no hindrance return if any wished to, Shepilov did not pursue subject.

Will attempt get more details when Figl and party arrive here for interview Acting Secretary and signature Dollar Bond Treaty tomorrow. Figl plans leave for Vienna by air Thursday.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 661.63/11–2056. Confidential. Repeated to Moscow.