Finland did not have the chance to Karelia under Gorbachev, said the expert
Any chances of getting Karelia in the Soviet Union in Finland was not, such a scenario could take place only as a result of war, told RIA Novosti, former Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Deputy Secretary of the Public chamber of Russia Sergey Ordzhonikidze.
Former expert of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Finland, former diplomat, doctor of political science and writer and documentarian Yucca Seppinen previously stated that the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev was allegedly ready to start negotiations on the transfer of Karelia. This was reported by the portal iltalehti.fi, referring 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 did not use them.
"I don't think any of our territory to a foreign state would meet the support of the people... the transfer of the territories to any other country in history has been possible only as a result of the war," - said the expert. He added that any of the leaders of our state, who would dare to give a piece of our land, would risk their position.
"We have a big country, its territory is huge, but as said by the former Minister of foreign Affairs of the USSR Andrei Gromyko, the extra land we have," - said the Agency interlocutor, adding that Finland has no chance to Karelia was not.
"The worst thing is the precedent: today you gave the Finns of Karelia, tomorrow the Japanese will ask you about Islands. Another thing, when we were negotiating with the Chinese on the delimitation and demarcation of borders, to align the boundary line, in which a small part of our territory was ceded to China, the other part is owned by China – us," Ordzhonikidze said, adding that concessions in diplomacy can take place only when they are mutual.
"Unilateral concessions always lead only to the fact that you ask for more. I don't remember in the history to any country on a voluntary basis, received a portion of territory and then would not want to even", - concluded the expert.
Earlier the head a press-services Gorbachev-Fund Pavel Palazhchenko told RIA Novosti that the statements of the former Finnish diplomat on the readiness of the USSR under Mikhail Gorbachev to start negotiations on the transfer of Karelia in Finland are false, it's never been discussed, the conversation, the then leaders of the two countries published and completely refute this fake.