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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1944. The British Commonwealth and Europe
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Bulgaria,   pp. 300-514 PDF (76.6 MB)


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740.00119 European War 1939/2527: Telegram
The Andbassador in the Soviet Union (Harriman) to the Secretary
                             of State
                                 Moscow, April 25, 1944-10 p. m.
                                   [Received April 26-7:06 a. m.]
  1436. I asked Molotov today whether the Soviet Minister to Sofia
had had anything of interest to report. He replied that from the
Minister's reports the Soviet Government considered that the pro-
posed tripartite statement to the satellites of Germany 59 applied in
full to Bulgaria since the Bulgarian Government had sold its country
to Germany and was actively assisting the Nazis. He said that the
Soviet Government had addressed a statement to the Bulgarian Gov-
ernment to this effect.60 I asked him whether a copy of the statement
had been transmitted to the United States Government. He said he
did not know whether this had yet been done through Gromyko,6'
but that in any event the statement was in the spirit of the above-
mentioned tripartite statement.
                                                        HARRIMAN
740.00119 European War 1939/2545: Telegram
The Charge' in the Soviet Union (Hamilton) to the Secretary of State
                                   Moscow, April 27, 1944-7 p. m.
                                   [Received April 28-11:48 a. m.]
  1468. See my 1436, April 25, 10 p. m. The Embassy has received
a note dated April 25 from Molotov enclosing a copy of an exchange
of communications between the Soviet and Bulgarian Governments.
The notes read in summary translation as follows:
  1. Soviet note of April 17. The Soviet Government has made re-
peated representations to the Bulgarian Government in connection
with the use by Germany of Bulgarian territory and the Bulgarian
ports of Varna and Burgas for conducting hostilities against the
Soviet Union. The Bulgarian Government has always limited its
replies to denying these facts. "This cannot be regarded as anything
else than an attempt to cover up the action of the Bulgarian authori-
ties which is hostile to the Soviet Union." Now that the military sit-
uation of Germany has further deteriorated the Germans have started
to make especially wide use of Bulgarian territory and of the ports
of Varna and Burgas which have been transformed into German bases
and at which are concentrated the principal German naval forces in
the Black Sea. Likewise the Germans are using airfields in Bul-
9 For statement as issued, May 12, 1944, see Department of State Bulletin,
May 13, 1944, p. 425.
6 See telegram 1468, April 27, 7 p. m., from Moscow, infra.
81Andrey Andreyevich Gromyko, Soviet Ambassador in the United States.
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BULGARIA


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