FINLAND: Fateful Hour

TIME'S Stockholm Correspondent John Scott flew to Helsinki last week on his first visit since Finland's spring negotiations with Russia (TIME, April 24). He found the Russians still seeking a political solution that required the least military expenditure, the Finns still convinced that they had a bargaining position despite the Red Army's advance (see WORLD BATTLEFRONTS). Cabled Scott:

The Russians want an independent Finland with a friendly government. Neither now nor later do they want to annex Finland. At this moment and because of the overwhelming military necessity to liquidate the Finnish front as quickly as possible,...

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