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

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Government's ally, it found it necessary to sever its diplomatic relations with the United States as from that date.

American interests in Turkey have been confided to the Swedish Minister.


STATEMENT ISSUED BY SECRETRRY LANSING IN RESPECT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF RUSSIA CONCLUDING A SEPARATE PEACE1
April 23, 1917

The Department of State has received a telegraphed report on conditions in Russia. Concern is shown over reports of the possibility of a "separate peace" which have appeared in the press, evidently inspired by Germany. The telegram says that Russia is no more likely to abandon the war without achieving her object than is the United States. It is pointed out that the charge that the Imperial Administration was planning a separate peace caused its overthrow and hastened the revolution, which was brief and bloodless.

It is stated that the revolution will expedite the defeat of Germany and establishment of a general peace, permanent and universal.

The prompt recognition accorded Russia by the United States, the dispatch says, could not have come at a more opportune moment, and gave encouragement and help to the Council of Ministers and their supporters.

President Wilson's thrilling allusion to the Russian revolution in his address to Congress has made a deep and lasting impression on the Russian people. It has been translated, together with other of the President's utterances concerning American participation, into Russian, and broadcast circulation is being given to them in a pamphlet for free distribution.

No people, it is stated, so circumstanced, have ever made greater sacrifices for freedom than the Russians, and they fully realize that a separate peace would jeopardize all they have gained.

The American form of government, says the report, is the model of the Russian people, and the participation of the United States has infused in them a confident spirit and imbued them with a firm deter-

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Text as issued by the State Department for the press.

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