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

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stand together, victory is certain and the liberty which victory will secure. We can afford then to be generous, but we can not afford then or now to be weak or omit any single guarantee of justice and security.


REPLY OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO A RUSSIAN NOTE IN REGARD TO ALLIED WAR AIMS AND THEIR REVISION1
June 11, 1917

On May 3, his Majesty's Government received through the Russian Chargé d'Affaires a note from the Russian Government declaratory of their war policy.

In the proclamation to the Russian people enclosed in the note it is said "that Free Russia does not propose to dominate other people or to take from them their national patrimony, or forcibly to occupy foreign territory." In this sentiment the British Government heartily concur. They did not enter upon this war as a war of conquest, and they are not continuing it for any such object. Their purpose at the outset was to defend the existence of their country and to enforce respect for international engagements. To those objects has now been added that of liberating populations oppressed by alien tyranny. They heartily rejoice, therefore, that free Russia has announced her intention of liberating Poland, not only the Poland ruled by the old Russian autocracy, but equally that within the dominion of the Germanic Empires. In this enterprise the British Democracy wishes Russia God-speed. Beyond everything we must seek for such a settlement as will secure the happiness and contentment of the peoples and take away all legitimate causes of future war.

The British Government heartily join their Russian ally in their acceptance and approval of the principles laid down by President Wilson in his historic message to the American Congress. These are the aims for which the British people are fighting. These are the principles by which their war policy is and will be guided. The British Government believe that, broadly speaking, the agreements which they have from time to time made with their allies are conformable to these standards. But if the Russian Government so desire they are quite

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Text in The Times, London, June 12, 1917, p. 6.

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