J.V.Stalin to F.Roosevelt
Sent on August 4, 1941
The USSR attaches great importance to the matter of neutralising Finland and its dissociation from Germany. The severance of relations between Britain and Finland and the blockade of Finland, announced by Britain, have already borne fruit and engendered conflicts among the ruling circles of Finland. Voices are being raised in support of neutrality and reconciliation with the USSR.
If the US Government were to threaten Finland with a rupture of relations, the Finnish Government would be more resolute in the matter of breaking with Germany. In that case the Soviet Government could make certain territorial concessions to Finland with a view to assuaging it and conclude a new peace treaty with it.