In Finnish

Telegram from the Finnish Legation in Moscow to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, December 18, 1940

On the 18th of this month, I was unexpectedly called to the Kremlin by Molotov, before the second conversation with Assarsson. He said that he had expected a reply from me to his communication, but instead Envoy Assarsson had called on him about the matter. M. Molotov asked whether Finland's foreign policy had already been subordinated to Stockholm. I explained the matter according to your telegram (see Document 53). The conversation lasted 40 minutes, and in the course of the discussion I explained the question more fully, parallel with what Minister Assarsson had stated. M. Molotov said that the USSR Government adheres to its communication of December 6. It holds the view that a military or defensive alliance is involved, concerning which the USSR stated its view in the spring. He stated that it is we who are trying to introduce a new element into the status quo which the USSR wants to retain. Finland would not have the right to negotiate even with the USSR without Sweden's consent. Finland would thus be a vassal. Regarding Minister Assarsson's statement that Germany presumably would not object, although this had not yet been ascertained, M. Molotov said that apparently the ground had been sounded in Berlin. I replied that I knew nothing about the question. M. Molotov made a passing remark that it is equally important to know what Great Britain and the U.S.A. think, in which I concurred. In spite of my explanations, M. Molotov in closing repeated that the USSR Government adhered to its communication of December 6. It embodies the USSR standpoint and is a warning to the Finnish Government.

Paasikivi.


Source: Finland reveals her secret documents on Soviet policy, March 1940—June 1941. Doc. nr. 56. 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