Austro-Serbian crisis

Telegram from Sir Edward Grey to the British ambassador to Vienna, 27 July 1914.

In this telegram, Grey recounts his conversation with the Habsburg ambassador to London, Count Mensdorff, regarding the escalating crisis in Austro-Serbian relations. It is written just two days after Austria-Hungary rejected Serbia's answer to its ultimatum of 23 July, which had been prepared in response to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo on 28 June. Grey betrays his impatience with the intransigence of Austria-Hungary's position and warns of the 'incalculable' consequences of 'bringing Russia into the dispute'. Just a day later, on 28 July, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.
Catalogue reference: FO 371/2159 (27 Jul 1914)

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