The Soviet Commander in Chief informed today that currency reform will be introduced in Western Zones on Sunday June 20th. Will not apply to Western sector Berlin. Sixty old Mark may be exchanged at parity, remainder blocked and to be released at one for ten later on. I anticipate distinct hardening of Soviet attitude on the ground that Berlin must be protected against black market trading from the West.
Mr. Steel informed me this afternoon that he considers (a) Control Council meeting likely.
(b) French anxious for one.