Denmark–Soviet Union relations
Denmark–Soviet Union relations refers to the historical relations between Denmark and Soviet Union. Denmark had an embassy in Moscow, and the Soviet Union had an embassy in Copenhagen. Diplomatic relations were described as "excellent". Denmark recognized de jure the Soviet Union on 18 June 1924.
Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin visited for the first time Denmark in 1907, for a party meeting of Russian socialists in exile. Denmark deemed the meeting illegal and gave Lenin 12 hours to leave Denmark. In 1910, Lenin visited Denmark again, for the Eighth International Socialist Congress. Lenin later commented on the Danish socialism and the Danish Prime Minister Thorvald Stauning; "Stauning was a quasi-socialist as well as one of the most stingy and mean-spirited class snobs he had ever met."
During the Winter War in Finland from 30 November 1939 to 13 March 1940. 1,010 Danes including Christian Frederik von Schalburg traveled to Finland to fight the Russians. Denmark also sent humanitarian aid to Finland. On May 9, 1945, Soviet troops occupied the Danish island of Bornholm, to fight the German soldiers. On 5 April 1946, the Soviet soldiers left Bornholm.
After the assault on the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, Denmark joined the Anti-Comintern Pact, the Communist Party was banned in Denmark. As a result, many communists were found among the first members of the Danish resistance movement.
On 7 July 1952, Denmark handed over the Danish-built tanker Apsheron to the Soviet Union. The decision faced protests in the United States. The government of the United States threatened to cut of aid to Denmark. On 26 July 1952, American President Harry S. Truman ordered the military, economic and financial aid to Denmark to be continued, despite the delivery of the Danish tanker to the Soviet Union.
From 16 June to 21 June 1964, Nikita Khrushchev visited Denmark. During his trip to Denmark, Nikita Khrushchev commented Denmark; "I have simply no words to describe the pleasure I felt observing the state of agriculture in Denmark."
Premier of the Soviet Union Nikolai Bulganin's policy against Denmark was to influence Denmark to limit their policy and commitments in NATO. In March 1957, Nikolai Bulganin warned Denmark that if they used their bases against the Soviet Union it would be suicide for Denmark. Bulganin said "If war is opened against the U.S.S.R., the annihilating power of modern weapons is so great it would be tantamount to suicide for foreign countries the size of Denmark. [sic]"
After the Martial law in Poland in 1981, Denmark economically sanctioned Poland and the Soviet Union. In March 1983, Denmark was the first country in the European Economic Community, to drop the sanctions against the Soviet Union. The Folketing voted 78-68 against a bill which would have reimposed sanctions.
On 1 October 1987, Gorbachev praised Denmark for not allowing foreign military bases and nuclear weapons on its soil.
In 1986, Danish export to the Soviet Union amounted 1496,3 million DKK. In 1978, the export fell to 818,7 million DKK. Soviet export amounted 1660,8 million DKK in 1986, and in 1987, 1440,4 million DKK.
On 24 October 1969, Denmark and the Soviet Union signed a trade agreement.
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