Saturday, April 7, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 1934

Nadine, Pauline and Ruth Ray were all down today.
The supply convoys would sail
April 7, 1934: Russo-Finnish Non-Aggression Pact Renewed
(Pact was originally signed in 1932)

The pact stands for five-and-a-half years. Then, on November 28, 1939, three Finnish border
guards disappear from their (far north) Pummanki border guard post. Tracks indicate that
 Soviet troops have crossed the border and kidnapped the men.

The Soviets deny the charge. USSR Foreign Minister Molotov (for whom the deadly cocktail
is named) claims that the Finnish reply to its denial reveals its hostile intentions toward the
the Soviet Union therefore nullifying the 1932 non-aggression pact. On Moscow Radio an
announcement is read by the Leniningrad military district that the Finnish provocations
have continued, sparking Russian works to demonstrate and demand that the Finnish
provocateurs be punished.

In Finland the cabinet can't decide on how to react. There's a growing feeling that the
Soviets have to be placated somehow, but some ministers (especially ones in territories
near the border being demanded by the Soviets) still resist any concessions. The two
countries are now at what amounts to a stalemate.

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