FINLAND: Security for Friendship

Finnish troops were massed before Leningrad. Finland's president, gaunt, grave Risto Ryti, reaffirmed his Government's disavowal of Nazi ideology, pledged continuance of the war against Soviet Russia. Great Britain, weighing Joseph Stalin's demand for a formal declaration of war against Finland, Rumania and Hungary, looked to the U.S. for advice.

To Secretary of State Cordell Hull went the task of providing that guidance. About Rumania and Hungary he was not concerned: those nations are frankly Nazi puppets. But over the years Cordell Hull had watched his Government and Finland enjoy...

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