Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold, 24 July 1914

On 24 July 1914, Laszlo Count Szogyeny, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Germany (pictured), sent a coded telegram to Leopold Count Berchtold, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his telegram, Szogyeny informs Berchtold of the German Ambassador to Russia’s views on the French President.

Laszlo Count Szogyeny

Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold. Berlin, 24 July 1914

Cyphered.—Strictly private.

[The German Ambassador to Russia Friedrich] Count Pourtales telegraphs from Petersburg that [the Austro-Hungarian to Russia Frigyes] Count Szapary had communicated to him the matter of his conversation with the President of the French Republic during the reception of the diplomats. [The French President] Monsieur Poincaré seems to have alluded to the Servian question in an incredibly harsh manner and to have said to the Imperial and Royal Ambassador: “That it would absolutely not do to make the government of a neighbouring state responsible for the crime of a single individual.”

Much indignation is felt here against Monsieur Poincaré’s language and it is assumed that he spoke as [the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs] Herr Sazonov asked him to speak.

 

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

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