• Short Summary

    BARBED WIRE, BARRIERS, GUARDS ALONG THE BORDER OF FINLAND AND RUSSIA, NOV 5 - A NEW AREA IN THE NEWS FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL SPECULATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A SOVIET DEMAND FOR BASES ON FINLAND'S SOIL.

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    BARBED WIRE, BARRIERS, GUARDS ALONG THE BORDER OF FINLAND AND RUSSIA, NOV 5 - A NEW AREA IN THE NEWS FOLLOWING INTERNATIONAL SPECULATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF A SOVIET DEMAND FOR BASES ON FINLAND'S SOIL.

    SEPTEMBER 30, A SOVIET NOTE TO FINLAND, INVOKING THE TREATY OF MUTUAL ASSISTANCE SIGNED BY THE TWO COUNTRIES IN 1948, CALLED ON THE FINNISH GOVERNMENT TO DISCUSS JOINT DEFENCE ARRANGEMENTS TO PROTECT RUSSIA AGAINST THREAT OF ATTACK BY WEST GERMANY AND ITS ALLIES.

    THE NOTE CAME WHILE PRESIDENT URHO KEKKONEN OF FINLAND WAS ON A 24-DAY VISIT TO CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES. NOV 3, ON HIS RETURN TO HELSINKI, THE PRESIDENT WAS GREETED BY HIS CABINET AND SOVIET AMBASSADOR A.V. ZAKHAROV. NO MENTION OF THE NOTE WAS MADE IN THE WELCOMING CEREMONY AT THE AIRPORT.

    SPECULATION ON SOVIET INTENTIONS CONTINUED BUT IN A REPORT TO THE NATION ON HIS TOUR, NOV 5, THE PRESIDENT SAID FEARS FOR FINLAND'S INDEPENDENCE WERE "COMPLETELY BASELESS" AND HE PLEDGED HIMSELF TO CONTINUE A POLICY OF NEUTRALITY FOR FINLAND.

    ON THE DANGERS OF A GENERAL WAR, HE SAID THEY GAVE REASON FOR DEEP CONCERN. IF WAR BROKE OUT OVER WEST BERLIN OR SOME OTHER CAUSE, FINLAND'S GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION AS A BALTIC SEA STATE WAS SUCH THAT ONE COULD NOT DENY THE POSSIBILITY OF FINNISH LAND, SEA TERRITORY OR AIR SPACE BEING VIOLATED, DUE TO THE NATURE OF MODERN WEAPONS, HE SAID.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABJ22S4T8QHUEGRSAHGZIZ5T9V
    Media URN:
    VLVABJ22S4T8QHUEGRSAHGZIZ5T9V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/11/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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