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The president of the Republic of Finland and the Central executive committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics,
Being anxious to establish as sound a basis as possible for the development of relations between their countries,
Desirous of giving one another a further proof of the immutability and soundness of the pacific and friendly relations happily established between them,
Prompted by the desire to contribute to the maintenance of general peace and the stability and peaceful development of relations between States in Eastern Europe, and Noting that the conclusion of the Treaty signed on January 21st, 1932, at Helsinki, between Finland and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has had a beneficent influence on their relations and on the solution of the above-mentioned problems,
Have decided to sign the present Protocol and have for that purpose appointed as their Plenipotentiaries:
the president of the Republic of Finland:
baron Aarno Yrjö-Koskinen, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland at Moscow;
the Central executive committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics:
Maxime Maximovitch Litvinoff, member of the Central executive committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, People's commissary for foreign affairs;
Who, having exchanged their full powers, found in good and due form, have agreed on the following provisions:

Article 1.

Notwithstanding the provisions concerning the time-limit and methods of expiry of the Treaty regarding non-aggression and the pacific settlement of disputes, concluded at Helsinki on January 21st, 1932, between Finland and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which provisions appear in Article 8 of the said Treaty, that Treaty shall remain in force until December 31st, 1945.

Article 2.

The present Protocol is drawn up in duplicate in French. It shall be ratified at the earliest possible date, and the instruments of ratification thereof shall be exchanged between the High Contracting Parties at Helsinki.

The present Protocol shall come into force on the exchange of the instruments of ratification.

In faith whereof the above-mentioned Plenipotentiaries have signed the present Protocol and have thereto affixed their seals.

Done at Moscow, this 7yth day of April, 1934


A.S.Yrjö-Koskinen
M.Lltvinoff


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