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Frame 233369, serial 495

The State Secretary in the German Foreign Office (Weizsäcker) to
the German Minister in Finland (Blücher)


No. [326] Berlin, October 9, 1939.

In connection with telegraphic instruction No. 322.
The Finnish Minister, who will call today at the Foreign Office, is to receive the following information:
Our relationship to the three Baltic States rests on the well-known nonaggression pacts; our relationship to Denmark likewise. Norway and Sweden have declined nonaggression pacts with us, since they do not feel endangered by us and since they have hitherto not concluded any nonaggression pacts at all. Finland, to be sure, has such a pact with Russia, but declined our offer nevertheless. We regretted this circumstance, but were and are of the opinion that our traditionally good and friendly relations with Finland do not require any special political agreements.
With this absence of problems in the German-Finnish relations it is very easy to understand why in his utterances of October 6th—concerned for the greater part with our neighbors—the Führer did not mention Finland at all, just as he did not mention many other greater and smaller states. From this it only follows that between us there are no points of difference. In Moscow, where in the negotiations of the Reich Foreign Minister, German-Russian relations were discussed in broad political outline and where a treaty of friendship came into being, the well-known definitive line of demarcation was fixed. West of this line lie the German interests, east of it we have registered no interests. We are therefore not informed as to what demands Russia intends to make on Finland. We presume, however, that these demands would not be too far-reaching. For this reason alone a German stand on the question becomes superfluous. But after the developments cited above we would hardly be in a position, in any case, to intervene in the Russian-Finnish conversations.


Source: Nazi-Soviet relations 1939-1941. Documents from the Archives of The German Foreign Office. Washington, Department of State, publication 3023, 1948.

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