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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1948. Eastern Europe; The Soviet Union
(1948)

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,   pp. 788-1053 PDF (102.0 MB)


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UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS
REPORTS ON DEVELOPMENTS OF SIGNIFICANCE WITHIN THE SOVIET
  UNION OF CONCERN TO RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND
  OTHER COUNTRIES
811.2361/1-548
   The Embassy of the Soviet Union to the Department of State
                             [Translation]
No. 261
  The Embassy of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics presents
its compliments to the Department of 'State and has the honor to com.-
municate the following:
  On December 23, 1947, at 2: 15 p. m. in the region of Mys Chukotski,
an American airplane violated Soviet territory by flying about seven
miles along the coast of ;Chukotski Poluostrov at a distance of two
miles from the shore.
  In communicating the foregoing, the Embassy, on instructions from
the Soviet Government, requests that an investigation be made of the
said case of violation of Soviet territory by an American airplane and
that measures be taken for the prevention of similar violations in the
future.3
  WASHINGTON, January 5, 1948.
  ' Continued from Foreign Relation8, 1947, vol. iv, pp. 514-653. For related
documentation on United States policy with regard to the Soviet Union, see
the
compilation on United States National Security Policy in volume I.
  ' During 1947 and 1948, and continuing into the future, there occurred
incidents
of alleged violations by overflights of American airplanes of territory of
the
Soviet Union or of the freedom of commercial navigation by the too close
ap-
proach of American airplanes to Soviet shipping. Protests were made by the
Soviet Union which were investigated by the United States. Only representative
incidents are illustrated, but additional documentation and details are to
be
found in the files of the Department of State under 711.61 and 811.2361.
  5 The Acting Secretary of State replied on April 20, 1948, to this note
from the
Embassy of the Soviet Union, stating that an investigation by the appropriate
American authorities disclosed that an American aircraft was flying in the
vicinity of Cape Chukotsk at the approximate time mentioned, but there was
no
indication that the Soviet frontier had been violated. The reply concluded:
"American aircraft are under standing instructions to avoid any violation
of the
Soviet frontier." (811.2361/1-548)
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