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VATICAN DENIES RUMOURS No Italian Move Towards Russia

From Our 0 wit Correspondent

VATICAN CITY

Vatican officials deny in the strongest terms the statement that has appeared in the foreign Press to the effect that the Holy See was afraid that Italy would conclude some kind of agreement with Soviet Russia in regard to the Balkans.

It was stated that Italy intended to strike in the Balkans, but wished beforehand to eliminate one of two possible enemies—the Allies disembarking at a point in the Balkans, or a Russian advance through Rumania in the direction of Italy.

Italy, according to the report, wished to eliminate latituda as an enemy by making an agreement; whereas the Pope was working to influence the Italian Government, with the help of Mr Myron Taylor, to come to an agreement with the Allies.

NO TRUTH WHATEVER

Your correspondent is able to state that there is no truth whatever in this story, but that, on the contrary, the Vatican remains quite convinced that Italy would not make any sort of political agreement with the Soviet.

Germany and Italy are as close as Italy and Russia are apart. But Italian national interests make any subordination of Italian ideals to German impossible.. so that Italy la well able to retain her alliance with Germany while remaining strongly anti-Soviet.

There la, despite certain appearances, close collaboration between the Vatican and Italy, but it is not directly concerned with Russia.




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