51. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger) to Secretary of State Rogers1
- Lend-Lease Negotiations With the USSR
The President wishes you to be aware of the following additional details related to his decisions promulgated in NSDM 190/CIEPDM 12:2
—The total Soviet obligation to the United States referred to in numbered Paragraph One of that memorandum has been agreed with the Soviets to be $725 million.
—The President does not wish this sum, nor the amount of annual lend-lease installments deriving therefrom to be inserted in the agreement, or referred to in the lend-lease negotiations, until the final stage of those negotiations.
In instructing the U.S. Negotiator, the President has asked that you keep the above in mind so that the U.S. Negotiating Team will implement NSDM 190/CIEPDM 12 accordingly. He has emphasized that knowledge of the fact that a figure has been agreed upon should be held exclusively to you.