Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Count Mensdorff to Count Berchtold, 28 July 1914

On 28 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Albert Count Mensdorff (pictured), sent a coded telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, Mensdorff adds to his telegram of 27 July in which he described British fears of escalation of the Austro-Serbian conflict into a World War, and the desire for a Great Power conference by Sir Edward Grey.

Albert Count Mensdorff

Albert Count Mensdorff

Count Mensdorff to Count Berchtold. London, 28 July 1914.

Cyphered.

To be added to my telegram of yesterday. [British Foreign Secretary] Sir Edward Grey told both me and the German Ambassador [Karl Max Prince Lichnowsky] yesterday that he has been reproached on Russia’s part for siding too much with us.

I think Grey wishes to work for peace together with Germany. If he should become distrustful and suppose that Germany was putting us in the foreground, because it wants to provoke Russia to go to war, he would soon turn from us and would place himself on Russia’s side.

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

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