PROTEST FROM U.S.S.R. GOVERNMENT TO DANISH GOVERNMENT
PROTEST FROM U.S.S.R. GOVERNMENT TO DANISH GOVERNMENT. (Pravda and Izvestia, June 20, p. 2. Complete text:) On June 19 U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister A. A. Gromyko called A. Morch, Danish Ambassador in Moscow, to the U.S.S.R. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and made the following statement to him:
On June 17, a group of provocateurs and hooligans organized a demonstration hostile to the Soviet Union in front of the U.S.S.R. embassy in Copenhagen. During the demonstration the participants uttered cries which were inimical and insulting to the Soviet Union and the U.S.S.R. embassy in Copenhagen. Moreover, since they met with no opposition from the Danish authorities or the Danish police, the demonstrators did not hesitate at acts of physical violence and broke windowpanes in the embassy building.
The official Danish authorities could not have failed to know about the provocation under preparation against the Soviet embassy, since several Danish newspapers had published in advance a number of reports on the preparations for this hostile provocation, and the Soviet government had at once reported by telephone to the Danish Foreign Ministry that a group of suspicious persons had appeared before the embassy building and that preparations were being made for carrying out the actions hostile to the embassy indicated above. It should also
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be noted that the police who arrived at the embassy building essentially did not do anything to prevent the provocational actions of the demonstrators, who acted with impunity and, in fact, with the encouragement of the police.
Thus it must be concluded that the Danish authorities did not take the necessary measures to avert or even to cut short the above provocation against the Soviet embassy. They thus did not even assure the basic security of the U.S.S.R. embassy, which is the direct responsibility of the authorities toward foreign diplomatic ...