It is too early to express any opinion as to whether Commissar
Molotov's statement will affect, in any manner, the point of view of
the Finnish Government. The statement has, at all events, caused a natural delay to occur in the continuation of the negotiations. Because Commissar Molotov made the remark in his speech, that the U.S.S.R. has a right and a duty to resort to effective measures which are intented to protect its security in the Gulf of Finland and on the frontier next to Leningrad, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs points out that the U.S.S.R. has pledged itself, in the treaty of 1932 with Finland concerning non-aggression, to respect the frontiers between Finland and the U.S.S.R., which were established in the Treaty of Peace of Tartu, and to settle all disputes between the two countries by pacific means. Finland trusts that the U.S.S.R. respects this treaty, the continuation of the validity of which until the end of 1945 was agreed upon between Finland and the U.S.S.R. in 1934.
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. 17. Suomen Kirja, Helsinki 1940
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