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Russia And Great Britain

Volume 180: debated on Wednesday 7 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can see his way clear to inform the Russian authorities that, unless better treatment is meted out to the Russian, people, this country may deem it necessary to refuse to form any alliance with Russia whatsoever.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY
(Mr. RUNCIMAN, Dewsbury; for Sir EDWARD GREY)

The Answer is in the negative. The internal affairs of Russia, as has been previously explained, cannot be made relevant to negotiations between the two Governments, and the question of an alliance has not been raised.