the Soviet Union when President Mikhail Gorbachev was ready to start negotiations on the return of Karelia to Finland. About it in his book written by former expert of the Finnish Ministry of foreign Affairs, doctor of political science Yucca Seppinen, according to Iltalehti.

According to the former diplomat, at the end of 1980-ies in the Soviet Union “began to blow more loose winds”, and the Finnish side supposedly had a chance to Karelia.

according Seppinen, the liberals in the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee positively evaluated the independence of the Baltic countries — Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. Seppinen argues that the same principle discussed the possibility of transmission of Karelia in Finland.

According to the author of the book, the Soviet Union thus supposedly wanted to get rid of Vyborg, because they do not have resources to recovery site.

But the ninth President of Finland Mauno Koivisto had not used the situation, said Seppanen. According to the analyst, Koivisto did not want to have Western Finland was a competitor in the form of Vyborg, as in 1930-e years he was a prosperous town.

the Finnish region of Salla and Petsamo (now Pechenga district of the Murmansk region) and several Islands in the Gulf became part of the Soviet Union at the end of the Soviet-Finnish war and world war II.