Written: Written on June 18, 1919
Published: First published in English in 1946 in the book Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, Vol. 7, Washington. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 512.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Bela Kun, Budapest
We have had a special discussion at the Central Committee of the Party, as a separate item on the agenda, of the question you raised about sending you the comrade you named. We found it impossible to send him, and have sent another who has already left, and is being delayed only for technical reasons; he should soon reach you.
By the way, let me add for myself that you are, of course, right in beginning negotiations with the Entente. They should be begun and carried on; it is necessary to make the fullest possible use of every opportunity to obtain a temporary armistice or peace, in order to give the people a breathing space. But do not trust the Entente powers for a moment. They are deceiving you, and are only attempting to gain time in order to be able to crush you and us.
Try and organise postal communications with us by air.
Comrade Chicherin, please have this translated and sent to Bela Kun.