The German Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Schulenburg) to the German Foreign Office
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Moscow, September 5, 1939-2:30 p. m.

No. 264 of September 5

Reference my telegram No. 261 of September 4. (1)

Molotov asked me to call on him today at 12:30 and transmitted to me the following reply of the Soviet Government:

"We agree with you that at a suitable time it will be absolutely necessary for us to start concrete action. We are of the view, however, that this time has not yet come. It is possible that we are mistaken, but it seems to us that through excessive haste we might injure our cause and promote unity among our opponents. We understand that as the operations proceed, one of the parties or both parties might be forced temporarily to cross the line of demarcation between the spheres of interest of the two parties; but such cases must not prevent the strict execution of the plan adopted."


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