HC Deb 24 November 1920 vol 135 cc459-60W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to recent reports from the Soviet Government at Moscow regarding the alleged intention of the British Government to seize and occupy Batum; whether any reply has been made to the Soviet Government's allegations; and what is the nature of the reply?


Yes, Sir. My attention has been drawn to these repeated reports for which there is not a shred of foundation. They were answered by the Secretary of State on 19th November in a telegram to the following effectFollowing for Tchitcherin, Moscow: Begins—There is not remotest foundation, as Soviet Authorities have ample means of knowing, for rumour that British Forces contemplate occupation of Batoum. The circulation of such rumours can only be intended for propaganda purposes—Ends.

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