21/7/1914 Sazonov issues a warning

The Russian foreign minister is furious when he learns of Szapáry’s comments to Poincaré. He does not express his anger directly to the Austro-Hungarian foreign minister, for fear of provoking an incident. Instead he has words with Pourtalès, the German ambassador. Sazonov warns Pourtalès that Austria-Hungary should not seek to punish the entire nation of Serbia for the crimes of a few individuals. Furthermore, he warns that Serbia has a firm friend in Russia. He finishes by saying that “whatever happens, there must be no talk of an ultimatum”.

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