„The immutable Russian policy is to get whatever they can with the least possible effort, and then ask for more. They never sacrifice their immediate benefits for future goals. They never take into account what has been said, but what has been done. They try to exact a high price for anything that they understand they have to do in any case. They are immune to ethical, humanitarian and abstract juridical arguments, being affected only by practical and realistic points of view.“
— Juho Kusti Paasikivi
Source: Paasikivi in a private letter (1891) from Novgorod, studying Russian culture on a grant.