Frame 214964, serial 407
The German Minister in Finland (Blücher) to the German Foreign
No. 287 of October 10
All indications are that if Russia will not confine its demands to islands in the Gulf of Finland, Finland will offer armed resistance. The consequences for our war economy would be grave. Not only food and timber exports, but also indispensable copper and molybdenum exports from Finland to Germany would cease. For this reason I suggest you intercede with Russian Government in the sense that it should not go beyond a demand for the islands.
|Helsinki, October 10, 1939—9:30 p. m.
Received October 10, 1939—12 midnight.
Source: Nazi-Soviet relations 1939-1941. Documents from the Archives of The German Foreign Office. Washington, Department of State, publication 3023, 1948.
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