Official Statements of War Aims and Peace Proposals, December 1916 to November 1918

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The Russian nation does not lust after the strengthening of its power abroad at the expense of other nations. Its aim is not to subjugate or humiliate anyone. In the name of the higher principles of equity it has removed the chains which weighed upon the Polish people. But the Russian nation will not allow its fatherland to come out of the great struggle humiliated and weakened in its vital forces. These principles will constitute the basis of the foreign policy of the Provisional Government, which will carry out unfailingly the popular will and safeguard the rights of our fatherland while observing the engagements entered into with our allies.

The Provisional Government of free Russia has no right to hide the truth. The State is in danger. Every effort must be made to let the country respond to the truth when it is told, not by a sterile depression and not by discouragement, but by unanimous vigor, with a view to creating a united national will.

This will give us new strength for the struggle and will procure our salvation. In this hour of rude trial let the whole country find in itself strength to consolidate the liberty won and to devote itself to untiring labor for the welfare of free Russia.

The Provisional Government, which has given its solemn oath to serve the people, is firmly confident that with the general and unanimous support of each one and all, it will itself be able to do its duty to the country to the end.

LVOFF,
President of the Council.


OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF SECRETARY LANSING ON THE SEVERANCE OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE UNITED STATES1
April 23, 1917

The Department of State is advised by a telegram from the American Embassy in Constantinople, dated April 20, forwarded through the Legation in Berne, that the Imperial Turkish Government on April 20 informed the Embassy that, as the Government of the United States had declared itself to be in a state of war with Germany, the Ottoman

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