Frames 111836-111837, serial 103
The State Secretary in the German Foreign Office (Weizsäcker) to the
German Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Schulenburg)
Supplement to Instruction Pol. VI 2651, Item II.
||Berlin, December 6, 1939
Supplementing telegraphic instruction of December 2, the following additional instruction was issued today to all the important missions:
In conversations regarding the Finnish-Russian conflict, you are requested to make use of the following considerations:
Only a few weeks ago Finland was about to come to an understanding with Russia, which might have been achieved by a prudent Finnish policy. An appeal to the League of Nations by the Finnish Government is the least suitable way of solving the crisis.
There is no doubt that British influence on the Finnish Government—partly operating through Scandinavian capitals—induced the Finnish Government to reject Russian proposals and thereby brought on the present conflict. England's guilt in the Russo-Finnish conflict should be especially emphasized.
Germany is not involved in these events. In conversations, sympathy is to be expressed for the Russian point of view. Please refrain from expressing any sympathy for the Finnish position.
End of telegraphic instruction.
Source: Nazi-Soviet relations 1939-1941. Documents from the Archives of The German Foreign Office. Washington, Department of State, publication 3023, 1948.
Previous document (Dec. 2) | Finland in Great Power politics | Next document (Dec. 7).