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250 Mr A. T. Stirling, External Affairs Officer in London, to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 141 LONDON, 9 September 1938 U.S.S.R.

French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs [1] recently asked
Soviet Ambassador at Paris [2] what help Soviet would give in the
case of a German attack on Czechoslovakia. Ambassador said he
would inquire of Litvinoff [3] and later gave French Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs a reply in following manner which latter
communicated to British Ambassador in Paris [4] on 6th September.

(Begins). U.S.S.R. will, according to terms of Russian-
Czechoslovak Pact, wait until France has begun to fulfil
obligations incumbent on her according to her own Pact with
Czechoslovakia. U.S.S.R. will then bring matter before Geneva.


French Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs said that he felt
that U.S.S.R. was showing much more caution in this matter than
she wished others to show. He did not think Roumania would permit
Soviet aeroplanes to fly to Czechoslovakia's assistance over
Roumanian territory.


1 Georges Bonnet.

2 Yakov Zakharovitch Suritz.

3 Maxim Litvinov, U.S.S.R. People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs.

4 Sir Eric Phipps.

Last Updated: 11 September 2013
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