ABOUT CONCLUDING A "DEFENSIVE UNION" BETWEEN FINLAND; SWEDEN AND NORWAY
Statement of TASS on March 20, 1940
The foreign press has reported that negotiations are under way between Finland, Sweden and Norway to conclude a so-called "defensive alliance" with the tasks of military protection of the borders of Finland. It is reported that the Soviet Union does not object to such a "defensive alliance" between Finland, Sweden and Norway.
TASS is authorized to declare that these reports do not correspond to the reality of the position of the Soviet Union, for, as can be seen from the well-known anti-Soviet speech of the chairman of the Norwegian Storting, Mr. Hambro on March 14, such an alliance would be directed against the USSR and would be in direct contradiction with the Peace Treaty concluded by the USSR and Finland on March 12 this year.
"Izvestia" nr. 65
(7137) on 20 March 1940.
Source: [Highest party school at the CC of the CPSU.] USSR Foreign policy. Collection of documents. T. IV. No. 408. Moscow — 1946
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1940-22 June 1941. XXIII:1. No. 87. Moscow: Mezhdunar. otnosheniya, 1992.
Finland in the
Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940