On instruction of the Government of the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics, I have the honour to inform the Polish Government
of the following:
The Soviet Government consider the recent behaviour
of the Polish Government with regard to the USSR as entirely abnormal,
infringing all the rules and norms of mutual relations between two
Hostile to the Soviet Union, calumnious campaign launched
by the German fascists in connection with the murder of the Polish
officers, committed by themselves on the territory occupied by German
armies in the Smolensk area, was taken up instantly by the Polish
Government and is being fanned by every possible means by the Polish
official press. The Polish Government not only failed to offer a rebuff
to the vile fascist calumny, it did not even find it necessary to
address an inquiry to the Soviet Government, or request for an
explanation on this subject.
The Hitlerite authorities, having committed a monstrous
crime on Polish officers, are now staging a farcical investigation,
in which they use Polish pro-fascist elements, whom they themselves
selected in occupied Poland, where everybody is under Hitler's heel
and where an honest Pole can not openly have his say.
Both, the Polish Government and the Hitlerite government
drew into the "investigation" the International Red Cross, compelled
to participate in this farce of investigation in which Hitler appears
to be the stage manager, in conditions of a terroristic regime with
its gallows and mass extermination of the peaceful population.
Understandably, such an "investigation", conducted behind the back of
the Soviet Government, can not command confidence of people, possessing
any degree of honesty.
The fact that the hostile campaign against the Soviet
Union commenced simultaneously in the German and Polish press and
is conducted along the same lines - this fact leaves no doubt that
between the Allies' enemies, Hitler and the Polish Government,
contact and collusion exist in the conducting of this hostile
At a time, when the nations of the Soviet Union bleed
profusely in a hard struggle against Hitlerite Germany straining every
effort for the defeat of the common enemy of the Russian and Polish
nations, and of all freedom-loving, democratic countries, the Polish
Government, to please Hitler's tyranny, have dealt a treacherous blow
to the Soviet Union.
The Soviet Government are aware that this hostile campaign
against the Soviet Union have been undertaken by the Polish Government
in order to exert pressure upon the Soviet Government by making use
of the calumnious Hitlerite fakes for the purpose of wresting from
them territorial concessions at the expence of the interests of the
Soviet Ukraine, Soviet Byelorussia and Soviet Lithuania.
All these circumstances compel the Soviet Government
to recognize that the present Polish Government, having slid on the
path of collusion with the Hitlerite government, have actively severed
allied relations with the USSR, and have stood in a position hostile
to the Soviet Union.
On these grounds, the Soviet Government have decided
to sever relations with the Polish Government.
Please accept, Mister Ambassador, the expression of my
/-/ V. Molotov