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Report of French military attaché in the USSR A.-A. Palasse to French Minister of National Defence and War E. Daladier about the embassy’s preparations for breaking off diplomatic ties between France and the USSR

20 January 1940
Russian State Military Archive
Coll. 198k, ser. 2, fold. 496, f. 163.

Original. In French

‘Allow me to draw your attention to the telegram from our ambassador of January 15 about the possibility of breaking diplomatic ties with the USSR […]. Our ambassador told me about this problem after the diplomatic bag left Moscow on 15 January, saying that he had begun to burn the archives predating 1935 in view of the long time that this operation will take and that he recommends, without insisting upon it, the departure of women and children from Moscow.’