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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 October 7, 1939.
Confidentially

The people's commissar declares that to it is unclear, why till this moment there is no reply of the Finnish government to the question of the Soviet government put in conversation with the envoy on October 5.
The envoy answers that to it was cabled that the telegram from Helsingfors with the answer to the Soviet inquiry will be sent this afternoon, but it still have not arrived to Moscow. Justifying delay with the answer, the envoy refers to need to cipher and decode the telegram, to translate them from Finnish on French etc., it allegedly causes a big waste of time.
Comr. Molotov says that business concerns improvement of political, and then also of the economic relations between the USSR and Finland. Therefore it is very surprising that the Finnish government hesitates with the answer. Perhaps, it does not want to answer our question?
With Latvia the similar question of a meeting was done within one evening. The people's commissar reminds the envoy that in conversation on October 5 he asked the latter to answer in the same evening or next day in the morning.
The envoy answers it that he allegedly understood so that the people's commissar asked it to be answered on the seventh, i.e. today.
The people's commissar categorically refutes this statement of the envoy and repeats that he asked to answer in the fifth evening or in the sixth morning. If there were usual conditions, it would not be necessary to hurry with this question. But now there is a war in which the largest powers of Europe take part England, France and Germany. It not usual time, also it is necessary to hurry with a question of improvement of the relations between the countries. Delay with the answer compels us to take a special attitude to the position of the Finnish government.
To close up the conversation, the people's commissar says to the envoy that he expects today to receive the answer to a question of the Soviet government.

Conversation was written down by           B. Podtserob

AVP Russian Federation, f. 06, op. 1, p. 1, d. 3, l. 91 92

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1939. XXII:2. No. 666. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otnosheniya, 1992.

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940