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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1941. Europe
(1941)

Yugoslavia,   pp. 937-984 PDF (16.7 MB)


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                       YUGOSLAVIA
EFFORTS OF THE UNITED STATES TO ENCOURAGE YUGOSLAV
RESISTANCE TO NAZI AGGRESSION; INVASION OF YUGOSLAVIA
BY GERMANY
740.0011 European War 1939/7530: Telegram
   The Minister in Yugoslavia (Lane) to the Secretary of State
                               BELGRADE, January 9,1941 6 p. m.
                                 [Received January 9-5: 28 p. m.]
  13. A responsible Foreign Office official told us this morning that
we "could have no idea" of the effect of the President's speeches
of
December 29 1 and January 3 [6] 2 in this part of the world, particu-
larly in Bulgaria which at the moment was in such an exposed posi-
tion. He felt that the former conviction in that country that Ger-
many was certain to be victorious had now given way to the belief
that Germany cannot win. He hoped that we would "follow it up"
since the President's speeches were very "salutary" in Sofia.
  In the absence of reliable information concerning Filoff's8 visit
to Vienna, he personally believed that if the Bulgarian Prime Minis-
ter did see Nazi leaders it was for the purpose of resisting German
demands and explaining why they could not be met.
  He considered the Balkan situation dangerous. With reference
to Germany's former assurances that she wanted peace in this region
he said that German policy had completely changed and that she
was now prepared to strike the moment she considered her vital in-
terests in the Balkans were being jeopardized. Events in Rumania
had shown what the German concept of "peace" was. In reply to a
question he said that Yugoslavia has received no assurances from
Germany for about a month.
                                                           LANE
   Department of State Bulletin, January 4, 1941, p. 3.
   3Document8 on American Foreign Relatiofl (Boston, World Peace Founda-
tion, 1941), vol. In, p. 26.
  8Bogdan Filoff, Bulgarian Prime Minister.
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