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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1944. The British Commonwealth and Europe

Bulgaria,   pp. 300-514 PDF (76.6 MB)

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  The foregoing was just received by the Department and since it
presumably refers to the same subject constitutes an answer to your
436 of February 9.7
740.0011 European War 1939/33304: Telegram
The Ambassador in Turkey (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State
                                ANKARA, February 21, 1944 3 p. m.
                                              [Received 9:30 p. m.]
  301. The Russian Ambassador 8 informed me last night that the
Bulgarian Minister had called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs 9
to request that the Turkish Government intervene with the American
and British Governments to bring about the discontinuance of the
bombing of Sofia and other Bulgarian cities and that Numan had
declined to accede to his request but instead had instructed the Tur-
kish Minister in Sofia 10 to ascertain authoritatively what steps the
Bulgarian Government was prepared to take to dissociate itself from
the Axis, whether it was considering going over to the Allied side.
Vinogradov expressed the opinion that Numan was making a serious
effort to persuade the Bulgarian Government to follow this course
as it would not only result in the collapse of the Axis Balkan front
but would at the same time permit Turkey's immediate entry into
the war without serious risk.
  Repeated to Moscow.
740X00119 European War 1939/2182: Telegram
The Am1bassador to the Yugoslav Governmnent in Exile (MacVeagh)
                     to the Secretary of State
                                  CAIRO, February 24,1944-6 p. m.
                               [Received February 25-8:45 p. m.]
  Yugoslav Series 44. In a talk which I had with the Soviet Am-
bassador:" this morning he told me confidentially that an emissary
vor emissaries from Bulgaria might be arriving here shortly for con-
versation in which he and I and our British colleague'2 might be
  'Not printed; it reported that General Donovan was forwarding information
on the Bulgarian situation to Government agencies in Washington and re-
4quested instructions as to action to be taken by the Embassy in Moscow.
' Sergei Alexandrovich Vinogradov.
9Numan R. Menemencioglu.
  10 Vasfi Mentes.
  " Nikolay Vasilyevich Novikov.
  "R. C. Skrine Stevenson, British Ambassador to the Yugoslav Government
in Exile in Egypt.

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