TELEGRAM FROM CHICHERIN, COMMISSAR FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TO COLONEL ROBINS ON THE ACTION OF THE ALLIED CONSULS AT VLADIVOSTOK
9 March 1918
Russian-American Relations, p. 87
The People's Commissariat of Foreign Affairs warmly thanks the American Embassy for the friendly attitude which is being shown by it at the present critical time and for assistance being given by it in the complications which are arising now in the Far East. The People's Commissariat hopes that the American Government will act against this unpermissible interference in our internal affairs and in the very organization of the Soviet Republic which recently took place in Vladivostok by all the Allied consuls, including the American. According to information received by us from Khabarovsk, the consuls in Vladivostok presented an ultimatum protesting against the reorganization of local institutions on Soviet lines and the creation of a local Red Guard. At the same time the Allied consuls stated that they withheld final decision until the following day, after w1dch local manufacturers came out with the statement of non-recognition of the Council of People's Commissaries and of the recognition by them only of the Constituent Assembly. The action of the Allied consuls is a step directed against the Soviet Government itself. The American Embassy will no doubt realize the adverse influence which this action will have. The People's Commissariat feels certain that the American Embassy will use all means to solve at its earliest convenience this new complication.
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