TELEGRAM OF PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRES OF THE USSR V. M. MOLOTOV
TO THE PLENIPOTENTIARY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE USSR IN THE GREAT BRITAIN I. M. MAISKY
December 25, 1939
In connection with your reports that England's attitude towards the USSR has deteriorated greatly, that the campaign is intensifying for Britain's break with the Soviet Union and for involving her in the war, I consider it necessary to orient you in the current situation. Firstly, the actions we are taking with respect to the former Finnish government are explained by the fact that we can no longer put up with the existence of a Finnish government that is hostile to us at the very gates of Leningrad, threatening the security of the Soviet Union. We decided to put an end to this situation and eliminate it at all costs, no matter what. Secondly, the rumors about some kind of political, and even military agreement between the Soviet Union and Germany against the Anglo-French is not true. Germany and I have no such agreement, and talking about it is either for generation of panic or a provocation. Thirdly, if they plan to weaken the Soviet Union by supporting Finland's resistance, then nothing will come of this. We will eliminate the Mannerheim-Tanner gang without stopping at anything and without regard to their accomplices and well-wishers. If the Soviet Union is tried to be dragged into a big war, then they will in practise be convinced that our country is prepared for it properly. When challenged to war, the Soviet Union will lead it to the end with all determination.
Foreign policy archives of
RF, f. 059, op. 1, paper 313, asia 2155, l. 157.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Foreign policy documents. 1939. XXII: 2. No. 888. Moscow: Intl. Relations, 1992
Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940