Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

Secretary of State Robert Lansing to United States Embassy in London

For Information.

PARAPHRASE

December 16, 1917

TO   American Embassy, London,

FROM Department of State, signed ‘LANSING’

DATED.    December 15, 7 p.m.

RECEIVED. December 16,1917, 11.30 a.m.

No.       CIRCULAR:

          Please note contents and repeat to Petrograd, Copenhagen, Christiania, Stockholm, The Hague, Athens, Bangkok, Jassy1 and to Paris who relays to Rome, Havre, Madrid, Lisbon and Berne2:-

          You should have no official relations with Russian diplomatic officers who recognized the Bolsheviki Government or are appointed by it, until the receipt of further instructions.3

<Lansing.>

__________

MR. LAUGHLIN.4

Repreated as instructed.

Copies to Naval and Military Attaches for information.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 1: Possbily, Jassi/Iaşi, Romania.

Footnote 2: Presumably, Bern, Switzerland.

Footnote 3: The Bolsheviks seized control of the Russian government by armed insurrection in late October 1917.

Footnote 4: Secretary at the United States Embassy in London, Irwin B. Laughlin.

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