Telegram from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Moscow Legation, October 31, 1940
Prime Minister Ryti declared to Zotov (will you notify Vyshinski to the
same effect): "We have not postponed the nickel affair in order to plan what to do next, but because we have not been able to come to an agreement with the nickel company. As a state based on law we honor our agreements. The attitude adopted by the USSR brings us into conflict with Great Britain and even with Germany. We agree to the transfer of the concession to a Finnish-Russian company on condition that the USSR procures the consent of Great Britain and the nickel company, and the withdrawal by Germany of the request she made for the concession before the USSR." Zotov asked whether they might inform the British and Germans that Finland wished for such a solution. Prime Minister Ryti said: "We wish that the situation would remain unchanged until the end of the war, but the USSR may say that Finland consents if Great Britain and Germany consent."
Source: Finland reveals her secret documents on Soviet policy, March 1940—June 1941. Doc. nr. 38. 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-Vyshinski discussion (in Russian).
Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940