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AND THE OUTBREAK OF WAR. Iog
to communicate it to M. Sazonoff before the
order for mobilisation had in fact been issued.
5 If this is the case, it brings into still stronger
relief the result of the silence of the German ,
V Foreign Off'lC€. By waiting to allow the news
to be conveyed through the indirect channel
of London, they left St. Petersburg at this
critical period without information, and M. i
Sazonoff had, therefore, to act purely on ,
the news which came direct from Berlin;
l this, as we have seen, was as bad as
possible.
His third point is that Russia knew that
g there was a spirit of concession at Vienna, ,4
and he devotes much space to giving an account
A of the conversations which took place there ·`
between Count Berchtold and the Russian ,
Ambassador. It is quite true that friendly
conversations took place, but it is quite false
F to suggest that these conversations were of ’
t such a kind as to induce the Russian Govern-
ment to refrain from mobilisation. In them,
A and this is of the greatest importance, nothing O
p, was said about this new proposal of Sir Il
A Edward Grey’s, and, in fact, nothing could
be said because they took place before it
had been conveyed to the Austrian Govern-
ment. They were on a completely different
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