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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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U.S.S.R., although there is no connection between the resumption of
trade relations with the establishment of Soviet Consulates in Bul-
garia. In view of this, the Soviet Government pointed out that the
suggestion of the Bulgarian Government did not have any practical
meaning due to military actions on the Black Sea and that the Soviet
Government's statement regarding placing at the disposal of Hitlerite
Germany Bulgarian ports and aerodromes cannot be denied and that
the Bulgarian Government is seeking out pretexts to evade from a di-
rect reply to the proposals of the Soviet Government regarding setting
up Soviet Consulates in Bulgaria, and that, in view of the aforesaid,
the Soviet Government insists that the Bulgarian Government meet the
proposal of the Soviet Government regarding the reestablishment of
the Soviet Consulate in Varna and setting up Soviet Consulates in
Burgas and Ruscuk without further delay. The Soviet Government
has warned the Government of Bulgaria that without meeting the
wishes of the Soviet Government, the latter will consider it impossible
to maintain relations with Bulgaria as a country which gives assist-
ance and intends to give it in the future to Hitlerite Germany in its
war against the Soviet Union.
  WASHINGTON, May 27, 1944.
874.002/175: Telegram
  The Consul General at Istanbul (Berry) to the Secretary of State
                                  ISTANBUL, June 3, 1944-4 P. m.
                                           [Received 8:38 p. in.]
  330R71. The new Bulgarian Cabinet comprises the following:
Prime Minister and temporarily Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivan
Bagryanov, scientific farmer friend of the dynasty; for Minister of
Interior, Professor Alexander Stanishev, MD., a Macedonian; Edu-
cation, Professor Mihail Arnaudov, Slavist, former tutor of Tsar
Boris, guardian of King Simeon; Finance, Dimiter Savov, industrial-
ist and financier, former President of the Sofia Chamber of Com-
merce and Bulgaro-Yugoslav Chamber of Commerce; Justice, Rusi
Rusev, a new man, lawyer of moderate reputation; War, General
Rusi Rusev, retained from Bozhilov Cabinet, regarded as mildly pro-
German and an honest army administrator; Commerce, Hristo
Vasilev, industrialist, former member of Parliament, politics and
reputation unknown; Agriculture, Doncho Kostov, Professor in
Agricultural College, studied in Germany and 3 years in America,
held positions in Soviet Russia for 7 years until 1939; Communica-
tions, Boris Kolchev, Colonel in Army Engineers. Ministries of
Foreign Affairs and Public Works are yet to be filled.

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