WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: War clouds overhang Europe

Csar Nicholas joined his Council of ministers in deciding if Russia should intervene to support Serbia

Csar Nicholas joined his Council of ministers in deciding if Russia should intervene to support Serbia

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War in the balance

Russian intervention

Montenegro to help Serbia

Once more the war clouds overhang Europe as the result of the Austro-Hungarian note to Serbia. The demands made by the dual kingdom are of such a character that Serbia can only consent to them by undergoing national humiliation and allowing encroachments on her sovereign rights which would practically reduce her to the rank of a vassal state.

Instructions have been given to the Austro-Hungarian minister in Belgrade to leave the Serbian capital if no answer to the note has been handed to him by 6 o’clock. That is to say that if Serbia does not yield in every detail the Austro Hungarian army will be hurled against her. It is the proclamation of the supremacy of force.

Serbia will not stand alone

Russia ready for war

St Petersburg – the Novoe Vreyma says “The government clearly recognises that the ultimatum is clearly directed against Russia and Russia is replying not only by words but by requisite actions.

Serbia being subjected to an unlawful attack will not remain alone. Disturbers of the peace will have to deal not only with Serbia but also with Russia. Unless the ultimatum is withdrawn Russia will not remain a silent spectator of violence. Great trials are perhaps in store for the nation but the war storm will find Russia not divided as on the occasion of the last war, but united. If Austrian warriors wish to try the terrible game with the Russia nation whether in Russia’s house or near its walls, let them try it.”

The Liberal Cadet dwells upon the uselessness of asking for the prolongation of the ultimatum and says that Russia should indicate once and for all what position she intends to take up in a situation in which a European war may depend upon her decision.

Council of ministers was held at Petershof with the Csar presiding. The general anticipation is that orders will be issued for the mobilisation of the Russian army. The situation is regarded as most serious.

According to present indications Russia appears prepared to go to any extreme rather than tolerate the downfall of Serbia.


(In the original Argus copy, 'Serbia' was spelt 'Servia' as was then the style).

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