The State Secretary (Weizsäcker) to the Legation in Finland
Berlin, October 11, 1939—9:30 p. m. Sent October 12—6:15 a.m.
zu Pol. VI 2322.
For the Minister personally.
With reference to your telegrams 284, 285, 286, 287.
1. We have no indications that the Soviet Union will make demands on Finland that would necessarily result in military complications. We are therefore of the opinion that it is first necessary to wait and
see what demands Moscow will make. The suggestion made in Helsinki that we bring influence to bear on the Russian Government to keep it from going beyond a demand on Finland for islands, cannot, therefore be followed.
2. We request that you avoid, as in the past, any commitments such as would be involved in a reply to the question put by the Finnish Foreign Minister regarding our attitude toward Sweden. You are therefore requested not to return to the matter of your own accord; if the Foreign Minister should speak to you about the matter again, please confine yourself to pointing out that we do not consider that any basis for such a question exists.
3. For your information: As you know, our obligations under the Non-Aggression Pact with the Soviet Union preclude any kind of support of a third power in the event that the Soviet Union should become the object of military action on the part of this power. If we should now make a declaration such as desired with respect to Sweden it would amount to a stiffening of Finnish and Swedish resistance against the Soviet Union, which would disturb German-Soviet relations.
Source: Documents on German foreign policy 1918-1945. Series D. Volume VIII. No. 240. Washington, Department of State, publication 5436, 1954.