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RECORD OF CONVERSATION OF THE PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE USSR V. M. MOLOTOV WITH THE ENVOY OF FINLAND IN THE USSR A.S. YRJÖ-KOSKINEN

On September 19, 1939.
Secret.

Conversation's topic was Yrjö-Koskinen's statement, which he made on September 11 to Comr. Potyomkin on behalf of his government. Comr. Molotov told that the Soviet government takes a note of the statement of the government of Finland for its desire to continue negotiations on the trade agreement. The attitude of the Soviet government to this question is positive. The Finnish envoy needs to communicate with Narkomvneshtorg that shall carry on negotiations.
On question of fortifying the Aland Islands Comr. Molotov declared that the Soviet government takes into consideration the statement of the Finnish government that on islands there are still carried out no military measures. The position of the Soviet government on this matter remains as before. Yrjö-Koskinen told that he in conversation with Comr. Potyomkin declared that the Finnish government and as far as he knows, the Swedish government have not taken for the time being any steps on fortifying the Aland Islands and would like to have a consent of the Soviet government on this matter. Comr. Molotov repeated that the Soviet government takes a note of this statement, but does not consider it to be now expedient to bring attention to this question.
Further, Comr. Molotov told that the Soviet government takes a note of the statement of the Finnish government of granting the USSR transit routes for needs of the Soviet trade.
On a question of Comr. Molotov, which routes are meant, Yrjö-Koskinen answered that it is a question of the roads connecting Leningrad with ports on the Gulf of Finland or Bothnia, and railway connections to Helsinki and roads coming through Sweden.
Having concerned a question of the run-away Polish submarine, Comr. Molotov told that it might have disappeared in one of the Finnish, Estonian or Latvian ports.
Yrjö-Koskinen could report nothing on this matter.

Written down by           E. Frolov
AVP Russian Federation, f. 06, op. 1, p. 1, d. 3, l. 75—76.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1939. XXII:2. Nr. 605. Moscow: Mezhdunar. relations, 1992.

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940