Frame 233369, serial 495
The State Secretary
in the German Foreign Office (Weizsäcker) to
the German Minister in Finland (Blücher)
In connection with telegraphic instruction No. 322.
October 9, 1939.
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
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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