Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Szapary to Count Berchtold, 25 July 1914

On 25 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Russia, Frigyes Count Szapary (pictured), sent a coded telegram to the Austro-Hunarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, Szapary informs Berchtold of the impending Russian mobilisation.

Frigyes Count Szapary

Frigyes Count Szapary

Count Szapary to Count Berchtold. Saint-Petersburg, 25 July 1914.

Cyphered.

The Danish Ambassador has learned from a perfectly reliable source that last night orders were given for the [Russian] mobilisation in the border districts against Austria-Hungary and Germany. The military attaché begs that this news will be given to the war department, as he will not send it.

I am told that at the present moment the ministers, with Tsar [Nicholas II] in the chair, are considering the situation in Krasnoje Selo [i.e. the summer residence of the Tsar].

In diplomatic circles, it is reported that the [Russian] representative in Vienna was instructed to ask for a prolongation of the terms to Servia, so that the Powers might have time to study the promised dossier.

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

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