LETTER OF THE DEPUTY PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS S. A. LOZOVSKY TO THE PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE USSR V. MOLOTOV
December 2, 1939
Today I had a Swedish envoy, Winther, who said that at the request of the Finnish government, Sweden would assume the protection of Finland's interests in the Soviet Union throughout the outbreak of conflict.
I told the Swedish envoy that I would report this to our government. In connection to the fact that the Soviet government recognized the people's government of Finland, chaired by Kuusinen, I suggest to reply to the Swedish envoy as follows:
The Soviet government cannot recognize Sweden's right to defend Finnish interests in view of the fact that it recognized the Finnish people's government, which in normal diplomatic way would take care of Finland's interests.
Appendix: Note from the Swedish Envoy dated December 2, 1939.
Deputy People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs
WUA RF, f. 06, op. 1, p. 20, d. 221, l. 18.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Foreign policy documents. 1939. XXII: 2. ? 827. Moscow: Intern. relationship, 1992.
Finland in the
Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940