Yartsev suggested that Finland cede or lease some islands in the Gulf of Finland along the seaward approaches to Leningrad; Finland refused.
Negotiations continued throughout 1938 without results. Finnish reception of Soviet entreaties was decidedly cool, as the violent collectivization and purges in Stalin's Soviet Union resulted in a poor opinion of the country.
The Red Army would not wait passively behind the border but would rather "advance to meet the enemy".
Finnish representatives assured Yartsev that Finland was committed to a policy of neutrality and that the country would resist any armed incursion.
After Soviet involvement in the Finnish Civil War in 1918, no formal peace treaty was signed.
The successor of the Lapua Movement, the Patriotic People's Movement, only had a minor presence in national politics with at most 14 seats out of 200 in the Finnish parliament.While aborted because of Russia's internal strife, these attempts ruined Russia's relations with the Finns and increased support for Finnish self-determination movements.The outbreak of World War I in 1914 led to the collapse of the Russian Empire during the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the Russian Civil War of 1917–1920, giving Finland a window of opportunity; on 6 December 1917, the Senate of Finland declared the nation's independence.The Finnish government allowed volunteers to cross the border to support the East Karelian uprising in Russia in 1921, and Finnish communists in the Soviet Union continued to prepare for a revanche and staged a cross-border raid into Finland, called the Pork mutiny, in 1922.During Stalin's rule, Soviet propaganda painted Finland's leadership as a "vicious and reactionary fascist clique".
Hostilities ceased in March 1940 with the signing of the Moscow Peace Treaty.