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The Soviet Union under President Mikhail Gorbachev was ready to start negotiations on the transfer of Karelia, said the former expert of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Finland, former diplomat, doctor of political science and writer and documentarian Yucca Seppinen. About it writes portal iltalehti.fi, citing a new book Seppinen.
According to him, the Finnish side was supposedly the chance to Karelia from the late 1980s to early 1990-ies, but the ninth President Mauno Koivisto never used them.
In the summer of 1990, the Politburo decided to accept the independence of the Baltic republics. Seppinen argues that the same principle was discussed and the possibility of transmission of Karelia in Finland. He added that the Soviet Union thus allegedly wanted to “get rid” of Vyborg, because they do not have resources to recovery site.
Seppinen noted that the situation was “long and complicated” because of the disagreement of the President of Finland. Position Koivisto was due to concerns over competition with the Western part of the state. “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,” explained Seppinen.
In July 2019, the former state Secretary under the President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, Gennady Burbulis denied the existence of a plan for the sale of Karelia. The first Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kozyrev has called this information “bullshit”.
That in the Kremlin in 1991 discussed the possibility of the relevant transaction and the estimated amount of $ 15 billion, July 21, reported the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, citing Fyodorov. He said that Russia’s political leadership worked on the topic “behind closed doors”. According to him, at the same time the Russian authorities had prepared a list of regions and towns, whose problems may need to be addressed with international assistance.
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