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It was also pointed out at the evening meeting at the presidential residence that the general mood of the populace during the summer months had turned decisively towards peace and that the threat of countermeasures by the Germans had receded. 8 On the following day, Kollontay clarified the preliminary terms at the request of the Finns and on the basis of information received from Moscow. The public breach of relations with Germany was essential for the Russians as an indication that the Finns were in earnest about the withdrawal of German troops.

Enckell dictated the communique to the Finnish News Agency (STT) for dispatch to the press and radio and got in touch with army headquarters. After the chief of general staff had made sure that the news would reach all units in time, the army received the order of the commander in chief to cease fire that morning (4 September) at 0800 hours. m. Gripenberg reported on these measures to Semyonov, who promised immediately to relay to Moscow the news that the preliminary terms had now been met. In all probability, time was too short to inform Soviet front-line troops.

The period of enforced waiting had got on the nerves of the delegates. 19 However, when Hackzell paid a courtesy visit to Molotov on 8 September, he was told that the negotiations would be delayed. Discussions with the Rumanians had first to be brought to a conclusion, in addition to which the Soviet Union would have to reach agreement with its Allies on the terms to be presented to Finland. Molotov also said that Leningrad officials and the population of that area had pressed for the occupation of Finland as the only solution.

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