Between East and West: Finland in International Politics, by Tuomo Polvinen

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In addition to the British and American ambassadors, Molotov had also invited the members of the Soviet peace delegation to the briefing session on the evening of 6 September. The People's commissar for foreign affairs was accompanied by his deputies, V. G. Dekanosov and M. M. Litvinov. The armed forces were represented by Marshal K. E. Voroshilov; the commander of the Baltic Fleet, Adm. V. F. Tributs; and the head of the operations section on the general staff, Gen. S. M. Shtemenko. 3 In its essentials the draft treaty contained virtually the same terms as those presented to the Finns in the spring of 1944, including those relating to the frontiers of 1940.

In addition to the British and American ambassadors, Molotov had also invited the members of the Soviet peace delegation to the briefing session on the evening of 6 September. The People's commissar for foreign affairs was accompanied by his deputies, V. G. Dekanosov and M. M. Litvinov. The armed forces were represented by Marshal K. E. Voroshilov; the commander of the Baltic Fleet, Adm. V. F. Tributs; and the head of the operations section on the general staff, Gen. S. M. Shtemenko. 3 In its essentials the draft treaty contained virtually the same terms as those presented to the Finns in the spring of 1944, including those relating to the frontiers of 1940.

Just before the terms were laid before the Finnish delegation on the evening of 14 September, Molotov summoned Clark Kerr and told him that the Soviet Union wished to give up the idea of signing two separate treaties—the preliminary peace treaty and the armistice. To simplify the procedure, the articles of both treaties would be combined into one document that would be called an armistice agreement. It would be signed in the name of the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, as representing all the countries at war with Finland, by General Zhdanov.

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