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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 SWEDEN IN THE USSR V. WINTHER

Nov. 2, 1939.
Secret
Comr. Molotov accepted the Swedish envoy Winther and returned back the memorandum of the Swedish government concerning the Soviet-Finnish negotiations which was handed over by the envoy on the same day in the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs.
Comr. Molotov pointed to the envoy the inappropriation of the Swedish intervention in the Soviet-Finnish relations, and this intervention is especially inappropriate after consideration of this question in the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, it can not be justified by general Finnish policy of neutrality, to which the Swedish memorandum refers, as Sweden has no relation to this question, and the USSR carries on friendly negotiations with Finland. Comr. Molotov reminded that in the time when not only all Finland, but also the Aland Islands were entirely subordinate to imperial Russia, Sweden did not find necessary to support Finland against oppression of her from tsarism. Present inappropriate intervention is as a matter of fact an unfriendly act from the Swedish government, directed against the USSR, and attempts to pull Finland into a performance hostile to the Soviet Union which can only damage Finland.
In conclusion Comr. Molotov warned the envoy that from now on the People's Commissariat for Foreign Affairs will return similar memorandums generally without consideration.

Written down by     B Podtserob

AVP RF, f. 011, op. 4, p. 24, d. 5, l. 42

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1939. XXII:2. Nr. 748. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otnosheniya, 1992

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940