In Finnish

Telegram from the Finnish Legation in Moscow to the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, June 27, 1940

I call on Commissar Molotov in the Kremlin on June 27. I gave him a memorandum on the nickel question which had been drafted in co-operation with M. Gartz and Assistant Division Chief Jalanti. After reading it, Commissar Molotov said that it was not an answer to his question as to whether we would give them the concession, or form a joint company. I replied that the concession had been given to the British Canadian Corporation, but that we were trying to arrange the matter so that the USSR would be able to buy 50 per cent of the nickel ore. Commissar Molotov answered that they were not now interested in the ore, but in the area itself and the nickel in it, for all time, and that the British must be cleared out of the area. When I referred to the legal rights of the corporation, he replied that he was convinced that if the Finnish Government is desirous of annulling the concession given to the corporation, the corporation will raise no obstacles. An agreement can easily be reached with the Germans about the ore. He persisted in his proposal that the concession be canceled, and that we would thereupon come to an agreement with the USSR. Messrs. Kotilainen and Gartz will give an account of our negotiation.


Source: Finland reveals her secret documents on Soviet policy, March 1940—June 1941. Doc. nr. 15. Wilfred Funk, New York 1941.
The book is a verbatim translation of the "Blue-White Book" published by the Foreign Ministry of Finland, 1941.

The contemporary Peoples' Commissariat for Foreign Affairs report on the Paasikivi-Molotov discussion (in Russian).

Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940