Foreign News: Unease in Finland

The Russians claimed that a Finnish motorized battalion was helping the Germans at Stalingrad and that "old men and cripples" were being conscripted to help the Germans storm Leningrad. In Washington Finnish Minister Hjalmar Procope denied the charges, added that Finland "wants to cease fighting as soon as the threat to her existence has been averted" and her security guaranteed.

Of all the diplomatic double talk that has followed Finland's alliance with Germany, Minister Procope's statement was most suspiciously confusing. The Finnish Information Bureau branded as "false and foundationless" any intimation that Finland was ready for a separate peace. The British, who...

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