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France Assures Russia On Britain

In July 1912, the British admiralty drew up the Anglo-French Naval Convention. It was an agreement that allowed the French navy the Mediterranean while giving Britain naval power in the North Sea against Germany. It was authored in part by First Lord of the Navy Winston Churchill. It was not an iron-clad treaty assuring the powers would back each other in case of conflict but diplomatically it was strengthening of ties directly aimed at growing German naval power.

On August 17, 1912 while on a diplomatic mission to Russia by French Prime Minister Raymond Poincare to strengthen a Franco-Russian alliance, mentioned the Anglo-French Naval Convention, assuring the Tsar and Russian foreign minister Sergei Sazonov that England had their back and France would back Russia.

French Prime Minister Raymond Poincare


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