760d.61/253a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt)

194. Please take the earliest possible occasion to convey the true reading of the following message to President Kalinin:

“The President of the United States sends his greetings to President Kalinin with the following personal message:

“While the United States is taking no part in existing controversies in Europe, the President wishes to call attention to the long-standing and deep friendship which exists between the United States and Finland. He feels that he can call this to the attention of President Kalinin because of their joint efforts a number of years ago which resulted in the resumption of friendly relations between the Soviet Union and the United States.41

“Such being the case the President expresses the earnest hope that the Soviet Union will make no demands on Finland which are inconsistent with the maintenance and development of amicable and peaceful relations between the two countries, and the independence of each.

“The President feels sure that President Kalinin and the Government of the Soviet Union will understand the friendly spirit in which this message is sent, and extends to President Kalinin an expression of his highest consideration. Franklin D. Roosevelt.”

  1. For correspondence regarding the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union on November 16, 1933, see Foreign Relations, The Soviet Union, 1933–1939, pp. 1 ff.