STATEMENT OF M. ERKKO, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TO THE FINNISH NEWS SERVICE ON SEPTEMBER 18th, 1939, WITH REFERENCE TO THE NEUTRALITY DECLARATION OF THE U.S.S.R.

As mentioned in an official news item, the Soviet Government have, when informing the Finnish Legation in Moscow of their declaration of war against Poland, stated at the same time that they will pursue neutral relations with Finland. This information has been received in Finland with great satisfaction, and it is in harmony with the spirit of the peaceful and amicable discussions which Finland has had with the Foreign Commissariat of the U.S.S.R.


Source: The development of Finnish-Soviet relations during the autumn 1939 in the light of official documents. Publication of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Doc. nr. 8. Suomen Kirja, Helsinki 1940.

The declaration of the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs (in Russian).

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