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In an analysis of 'imperialist' military bases some years later, a Soviet scholar noted that such bases on foreign territories were an important instrument for the preservation of colonialism or the maintenance of neocolonialism, for interference in the domestic affairs and foreign policy of the states on whose territory they are situated, and that they serve aggressive purposes. By an additional argument, such bases were alleged to be incompatible with the principles of the peaceful coexistence of states with different social systems, and to constitute an 'international crime'.

In the Soviet view a neutral Scandinavian defence alliance was a practical impossibility, and for this reason the Scandinavian negotiations were regarded as a bifurcation of plans to establish an Atlantic military alliance . In January 1949 Radio Moscow argued that the military alliances under preparation in the Nordic area meant a threat to the security of Finland , and that American agents were trying to transform Finland into a bridgehead against the Soviet Union. 6'1 After the failure of the Scandinavian defence alliance negotiations Soviet critics turned against a perceived Atlantic orientation in Finland's policy .

The security and sovereignty of Finland and Sweden would be directly concerned, he argued , by any attempt to discharge atomic missiles against the USSR over the territory of these neutral countries from NATO bases in Denmark and Norway . 4 If this was more than just a case of Khrushchevian bluster it is likely that one such measure could have been some degree of military integration with Finland on the basis of the 1948 FCMA-Treaty . Nevertheless, Norway and Denmark had already decided in 1957 not to accept nuclear arms, and this decision had been a result of domestic pressures rather than a gesture of solidarity with Finland .

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