CONVERSATION OF THE PEOPLE'S COMMISSAR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE USSR BY V M MOLOTOV WITH THE ENVOY OF THE FINNISH REPUBLIC IN USSR J. PAASIKIVI
On June 23, 1940.
Comrade Molotov summoned today at 3 PM the Finnish envoy Paasikivi and told him that the Soviet government is interested in nickel mines of the region of Petsamo and would wish to receive a concession on them. If the Finnish government finds it more appropriate the organize the operation of these mines as a Soviet-Finnish joint stock company, the Soviet government will not object that.
Bearing in mind that the Finnish government already has granted a concession for the nickel mines, the Soviet government expects to receive a satisfactory answer and insists on it.
Paasikivis stated that, in his opinion, it would be expedient, if only there will be no legal obstacles to it. He promised to immediately pass my request his government and make the answer received known to me.
Then Paasikivis stated that it is unclear, what should be done with the contract signed by the Finnish side with the Anglo-Canadian joint-stock company.
Comrade Molotov noticed that it is a question formality, it can then easily be solved, and reiterated once again that the Soviet government is interested in these mines.
As to England, it possibly is not as before.
At the end of conversation Paasikivis intended to bring out, on his behalf, to Comrade Molotov questions about current issues in the Soviet-Finnish relationship. In particular, he would like to ask comrade Molotov to consider the request of the Finnish government concerning of suggested exchange of Finnish territory in Enso region with a site of the territory of the USSR in other region. In the opinion of Paasikivi, the area transferred to Finland can not be condidered as equivalent to the area transferred by Finland to the USSR.
Comrade Molotov answered that this question, in view of the temporary absence of Comrade Dekanozov, he will trust to be worked on to Secretary General Comrade Sobolev.
Conversation was written down by S. Kozyrev
AVP Russian Federation, fond 06, opis 2, papka 2, delo 14, list 1-2.
Source:Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Documents of foreign policy. 1940-June 22, 1941. XXIII:1. Nr. 216. Moscow: Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya, 1995 (in Russian) . Machine assisted draft translation by Pauli Kruhse.
Finland in the Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940
Finland in Great Power politics