740.00119 European War 1939/2465: Telegram

The Chargé in Finland ( Gullion ) to the Secretary of State

322. Diet today rejected Soviet terms in session practically identical with that of March 15.

Government’s presentation of case13 indicated a desire to continue negotiations for more favorable terms and in proceeding to order of day without a recorded vote Diet approved of Government’s action. Dr. Ramsay has promised to give me text of Finnish reply when drafted.

Repeated to Stockholm as our 75.

  1. In telegram 354, April 26, 1944, the Chargé reported part of the statement that Prime Minister Linkomies had made to the Diet: “The Government has decided unanimously … that it cannot accept the conditions presented.… While it is true that no assurance can be offered that circumstances would be such that better conditions might be obtained in the future, nevertheless we cannot be persuaded by fear of unfavorable developments to agree to conditions disastrous for the nation’s existence.” (740.00119 European War 1939/2529)