Austro-Hungarian Red Book: the French Ambassador visits the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

on 22 July 1914, the French Ambassador to Austria-Hungary Alfred Dumaine paid a visit to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Leopold Count Berchtold (pictured). The following are Berchtold’s notes on the visit, which are part of his daily report.

Leopold Count Berchtold

Leopold Count Berchtold

Visit of the French Ambassador to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vienna, 22 July 1914.

The French Ambassador came to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to inquire with concern on the present state of our relations with Servia. He discussed all the eventualities which might result from an energetic step on our side towards the cabinet of Belgrade, and painted the dangers resulting from a war between Austria-Hungary and Servia with crude colours, calling attention to the fact that it might become a war of the Slav races against the Monarchy.

Notwithstanding this warning, Monsieur Dumaine concluded by saying that from a conversation he had recently had on the subject with his Russian colleague, he had obtained the conviction that Russia did not propose standing up much for Servia in the forthcoming dispute with Austria-Hungary and might only be disposed to give its moral support.

In the eventuality of a war between us and Servia — this is the opinion of the French ambassador—Russia would not take an active part, but would do what it could, to keep the war localised.

 

Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits.

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