5) The Finnish Government note with satisfaction that the Soviet Union does not object to the fortification of the Aaland Islands at Finland's own undertaking. This being so, the Finnish Government wish to state that it has always been their intention that this fortification should be carried out by Finland herself at her own expense and to such extent as may be required to maintain the neutrality of the said islands, having regard to the neutrality obligations of the Convention of 1921 which are still in force.
Source: The development of Finnish-Soviet relations during the autumn 1939 in the light of official documents. Publication of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Doc. nr. 14. Suomen Kirja, Helsinki 1940
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