Between East and West: Finland in International Politics, by Tuomo Polvinen

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The selection of three generals for the delegation stemmed partly from the emphasis placed on the importance of military expertise by Kollontay and Semyonov. They would be needed in Moscow to discuss the practical details of the disarming of the troops in Lapland. " 23 The delegation crossed the front line at Juustila on the morning of 7 September 1944 and arrived in Moscow that same day. There now began a long period of waiting. 2 The Moscow Negotiations On 5 September 1944, the British ambassador to Moscow, Sir Archibald Clark Kerr, was obliged to observe somewhat sourly to Foreign Minister V.

Behind this demand lay a suspicion that the Latin American countries might to some extent be tied 32 FINLAND LEAVES THE WAR to the United States or the British dominions to the United Kingdom. The Soviet Union thus sought in some way to compensate for this eventuality, but the Western powers strongly rejected the proposal. This Great Power conflict now cast its shadow over the treaty about to be made with Finland. Molotov told Clark Kerr that if representatives of the dominions turned up to sign the preliminary peace treaty with Finland, representatives of the western republics of the Soviet Union would be present to perform the same function.

He said that he had never received a greater shock or disillusionment than he had when he really understood what these terms mean. Boheman was particularly alarmed by the order attached to Article 5 according to which the Finnish government undertook to stop the postal correspondence 36 FINLAND LEAVES THE WAR of the diplomatic representatives and consuls in Finland, as well as all en clair or coded radio, telegraph, and telephone messages to the outside world, until the expulsion of the German troops had been finally carried out.

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