Foreign Relations of the United States : 1918 The Conclusion of the Peace of Brest Litovsk
The Minister in Sweden (Morris) to the Secretary of State

File No. 763.72119/1147

The Minister in Sweden (Morris) to the Secretary of State


STOCKHOLM, January 21, 1918.

[Received January 22, 12.30 a. m.]

1346. Swedish press reports via Berlin that negotiations political and territorial questions resumed to-day. After discussion the land [Aland Islands] question came up. Kuhlmann (1) said Germany desired consult Baltic peoples and especially Sweden, who although not represented present negotiations, would probably desire to be. That Entente [status] matter of interest to Germany as one of signers of old treaties and first question to be solved was whether Russia or newly recognized Finland had right to settle this. Trotsky said Finland's independence made no change. Kuhlmann said Germany had individual rights in this question emanating from old treaty signed after Crimean war and which would be basis of German demands now. Trotsky reserved answer.


(1) Richard von Kuhlmann, German Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, had joined the German delegation at Brest Litovsk on Dec. 21, 1917. Back

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