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18 12, 6:25am
Jaegers happened because tsars started Russification in Finland and removed the autonomy. Furthermore, Finland wasn't going to join a Bolshevik Russia just like that. During the Finnish civil war, Russian military took part in it, on the Red side. During the Russian civil war, Finns took part in it (by getting their asses kicked, essentially, in Karelia). So, you could call that an equal exchange and water under the bridge. Afterwards, the countries signed a peace treaty and a non-aggression pact.
While it's understandable the border was uncomfortably close to Leningrad, the land swap was impossible because the Finnish defences were consentrated on the isthmus. Finland couldn't just swap that land to some backwoods up north. Just like France couldn't have swapped land containing parts of the Maginot Line to some other random area. Leningrad was Russia's second most important city, but Viipuri was the same for Finland.
It's also not like Finland wouldn't have seen what was going on down south. The USSR was interested in annexing neighbours. While Finland and the USSR were negotiating, Poland was split in two by Germany and the USSR.