The Reich Foreign Minister to the German Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Schulenburg); April 15, 1940
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Frame 112111, serial 103


BERLIN, April 15, 1940.

No. 636

Reference your telegram No. 687.

I request that you explain to Herr Molotov our attitude toward Sweden as follows:

We share completely the attitude of the Soviet Government that preservation of Sweden's neutrality corresponds both to German and to Soviet interests. As you already told him on transmitting our memorandum on April 9 and repeated during the conversation of April 13, it is not our intention to extend our military operations in the north to Swedish territory. On the contrary, we are determined to respect unconditionally the neutrality of Sweden, as long as Sweden in turn also observes strict neutrality and does not support the Western powers.

Reich Foreign Minister

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