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May 05, 1975

POLITICAL REPORT FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 1975, K.N. MOHTA, CHARGE D’AFFAIRES, 'PRESIDENT KEKKONEN’S FOREIGN POLICY'

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    President Kekkonen’s foreign policy towards the Soviet Union was more active and vigorous, based on Finland’s geo-political situation.
    "Political Report for the Month of April 1975, K.N. Mohta, Charge d’affaires, 'President Kekkonen’s Foreign Policy'," May 05, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, File No. F.NO.HI/1012(88)/75, Political Reports etc. (other than Annual Reports from Helsinki). Obtained by Ryan Musto. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/123916
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Political Report for the Month of April 1975

No. HLK/101(1)/74-75

DATE: 5 MAY 1975

FROM: K.N. Mohta, Charge d’affaires

TO: Shri Kewal Singh, Foreign Secretary

President Kekkonen’s Foreign Policy

The President in a television interview drew a clear-cut distinction between his own foreign policy and that of his predecessor, President Paasikivi. In his opinion, the Paasikivi line of pro-Soviet foreign policy was passive and dictated by circumstances, whereas his own policy was more active and vigorous, based on Finland’s geo-political situation. For instance, he cited his active interest in the establishment of nuclear-free zones, expansion of trade with USSR, the convention of the CSCE in Helsinki nowhere envisaged in the Fenno-Soviet Treaty of Friendship.