In Finnish

Telegram from the Finnish Legation in Moscow to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, October 1, 1940

Commissar Molotov invited me to the Kremlin on September 30 and said that it is impossible to accept our Article 4 in the Aaland Islands affair. First, because it does not include consultations, and secondly, because they cannot consent to the dispatch of notes all over Europe. He added, I believe in a spirit of derision, that perhaps France for example might not agree. He presented his final proposal in the matter of the Aaland Islands. Article 4 is left out altogether. I pointed out that the 1921 agreement remains in force, to which M. Molotov replied that it is immaterial to them how we interpret the continued validity or lapse of the 1921 agreement. In Article 2 they desire what had been left out of the 1921 agreement. I explained that we have regarded the part left out as unnecessary, but he paid no heed to that. Further, he made a strong demand that the agreement was to enter into force immediately on signature. He said that as the Peace Treaty went into effect at once, you can arrange this less important matter in the same way. M. Molotov was very angry and said that one cannot negotiate with you; this matter too remained open for months. With the Germans one can settle even big matters in a few days. He promised to give me later a written proposal, and demanded a solution of this question within one week.

Paasikivi.


Source: Finland reveals her secret documents on Soviet policy, March 1940—June 1941. Doc. nr. 31. Wilfred Funk, New York 1941.
The book is a verbatim translation of the "Blue-White Book" published by the Foreign Ministry of Finland, 1941.

The contemporary Peoples' Commissariat for Foreign Affairs report on the Paasikivi-Molotov discussion (in Russian).

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940