In 1990-1991, the Soviet Union expressed its willingness to transfer the Finnish control over the Karelian ASSR and Vyborg Leningrad region. About it in his memoirs, wrote former diplomat, consultant to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Finland Jukka Seppinen, reports Iltalehti.
These lands were seized by the Soviet Union in the war of 1939-1940.
Seppinen sure that the Soviet government wanted to get rid of subsidized areas. This topic was on the eve of talks the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev with a Finnish colleague Mauno Koivisto; the diplomat allegedly learned of the existence of such plans from an Advisor-envoy of the USSR in Helsinki Lion Pausina.
According to the author of the memoirs, the government of the Russian Federation led by Boris Yeltsin also demonstrated a willingness to debate “the Karelian question”. Obstacle was the position Koivisto, who felt that joining such a large area will razbalansirovat country.
Press-Secretary of “the Gorbachev Foundation”, a longtime interpreter of the Soviet of the President Pavel Palazhchenko in an interview to “RIA Novosti” called the words Seppinen fake, as the negotiations officials published and no mention of the transfer of territories. Palazhchenko suggested that in Finland there is a media attack on the late President Koivisto.