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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1920

Finland,   pp. 253-257 PDF (1.3 MB)

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Inquiries from the Government of Finland Regarding the Policy of the United
States toward Russian Attacks on Finland-Decision by the United States
to Refrain from Offering Advice to the Government of Finland-Conclusion
of Peace between Finland and Russia
123 M 272/81: Telegram
The Charge in Finland (Magruder) to the Acting Secretary of
HELSINGFORS, March 20, 1920-noon.
[Received 3 p.m.]
2. Minister for Foreign Affairs received me yesterday. I was
also informally received by the President who warmly welcomed
me to Finland and expressed the gratitude of the whole Finnish
nation to the United States for having officially recognized the Re-
public of Finland. His Excellency also expressed deep appreciation
of the assistance rendered Finland by the United States Food Ad-
ministration. He then inquired whether the policy of the United
States respecting Soviet Russia was to act in conjunction with France
and Great Britain or to pursue its own independent course. I re-
plied that I was not in a position to answer this inquiry inasmuch
as I had no instructions respecting my Government's Russian policy.
The President then said that he hoped our Government appreciated
the difficulties Finland was meeting, as the result of the constant
threat by its neighbor Bolshevist Russia, in pursuing the foreign
policy of its choice.
Memrorandum by Mr. F. L. Belin, Division of Russian Affairs,
Department of State
[WASMNGTON,] March 23, 1920.
[,n Saturday, March 20, the Finnish Minister called at the Russian
Division and left a copy of a telegram which he had received from
his government which stated that the Bolsheviki had started attacks

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