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

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STATEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE AND THE RUSSIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON ON THE POSSIBILITY OF RUSSIA CONCLUDING A SEPARATE PEACE1
November 2, 1917

A. Statement of the Secretary of State.

"There has been absolutely nothing in the dispatches received in the Department of State from Russia nor in information derived from any other source whatever to justify the impression created by the Washington Post today, principally by the headline "Russia Quits War," that Russia is out of the conflict. A reading of the full interview with Premier Kerensky, of which the paper published only an abbreviated and preliminary account, itself shows that the headline is entirely unwarranted.

"Our own advices show that the Provisional Government in Petrograd is attacking with great energy the problem confronting it. Reports received from Petrograd by mail and telegraph show that Premier Kerensky and his government, far from yielding to discouragement, are still animated by a strong determination to organize all Russia's resources in a whole-hearted resistance and carry the war through to a victorious completion. At the same time this Government, like those of the Allies, is rendering all possible assistance."

B. Official statement of the Russian Embassy, prepared after a consultation between the embassy and the State Department.

The Washington Post has published this morning an abbreviated extract of an interview given by the Russian Prime Minister Kerensky, entitled "Russia Quits War, Blames English for Not Sending Fleet." The Washington Post by this partial publication of Premier Kerensky's interview, has entirely misinterpreted the real sense of the declaration of the Russian Prime Minister and has done Russia great injustice, giving the people of America an impression opposed to the truth at every point.

" Russia is not out of the war and has no intention of quitting. No word in Kerensky's interview gives warrant for any assertion of that kind. As a matter of fact, the Premier stated the exact opposite. Answering the question, "Is Russia out of the War?" he most emphatically declared that this was a ridiculous question to ask.

"Aside from the fact that the publication of the Washington Post

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Texts issued to the press by the State Department. The interview to which reference is made had not the same importance as the denials which it elicited.

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