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The former diplomat expressed the desire of the Soviet Union under Gorbachev to give Karelia to Finland

Former expert of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Finland, former diplomat, doctor of political science and writer and documentarian Yucca Seppinen said that the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was allegedly ready to start negotiations on the transfer of Karelia. It is reported portal iltalehti.fi link to a new book, the former diplomat.

Approval Seppanen, Finland had chances to Karelia from the late 1980s to early 1990-ies, however, the President Mauno Koivisto took advantage of it.

In the summer of 1990, the Politburo decided to accept the independence of the Baltic republics. The same principle was considered and the transferability of the Finnish side of Karelia, said Seppanen.

In the same period after the celebrations in honor of the 200th anniversary of the battle Rochensalmsky in Kotka to Seppinen, he said, asked the Minister-counselor of the USSR in Helsinki lion Pausin, which alerted Finnish counterpart about the readiness of the "liberal majority of the Politburo" to begin negotiations on the transfer of Karelia. Under the statement eks-the diplomat, the Soviet government wanted to "get rid" of Vyborg, on the "restoration of which didn't have the resources".

However, the situation was "long and complicated" because of the resistance Koivisto whose position has not changed under President Boris Yeltsin, who allegedly also announced Helsinki's readiness to start negotiations on territorial issues, says the book Seppinen.

Unwillingness to Karelian territory, the President Koivisto, a native of Turku, he explained the concerns over competition with the Western part of the country.

"He didn't want to have Western Finland was a competitor in the face of Vyborg. Still in 1930-e years Vyborg was Finland's successful city", — quotes the portal words ex-diplomat.

Also, remember Seppinen, in 2005, after the end of the presidential term, Koivisto in response to the question of Karelia said that the new territory his country does not need, because "now does not work the whole of Finland to settle in".

Earlier, former Russian Deputy foreign Minister Andrei Fyodorov in an interview with Helsingin Sanomat said that in the early 90-ies of the Kremlin allegedly discussed the possibility of selling of Karelia. In turn, the former Secretary of state of the RSFSR and ally of Yeltsin, Gennady Burbulis denied the words of former diplomat and stressed that "never such could not be".

After the collapse of the USSR, Russia and Finland agreed to support a common border. The parties agreed that the inviolability of borders and territorial integrity of the two countries will be respected in accordance with the Final act of the OSCE.

Later the foreign Ministry of Finland confirmed that the country has no territorial claims to Russia.

At the end of the Soviet-Finnish war (1941 — 1944) and world war II, the Soviet Union ceded part of Karelia, a region of Salla and Petsamo (now Pechenga), and several Islands in the Gulf. These territories later became part of Russia.

Finland has accepted the Moscow peace Treaty of 1940 and the Paris peace Treaty of 1947 recognized the transfer of these territories to the USSR.

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