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To: rmlew; dfwgator
Note that in 1912 at the time of the Balkan wars, Bulgaria established itself as a strong power -- it nearly captured Constantinople -- this alarmed the Russians who wanted Constantinople with it's command of the Bosphorus, for themselves

In 1914 also, the British sold two modern destroyers/first class naval ships to the Turks -- this was a big alarm to the Russians as this threatened Russia's bases in the Black Sea

Remember that Russia and Turkey were/are mortal enemies for centuries

Also, the Russian war preparation and conscription was humming and this alarmed the Germans -- who saw Russia as a massive threat. Well, this was the Prussian's fault for allowing the partition of the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth -- even a weakened buffer state is better than no buffer state.

The Rzeczpospolita in the 18th century was a puppet of the Russians that is true, but it was a good buffer between the Russians and the Germanics (Prussians and Austrians).

Before its destruction the Austrians and the Russians were actually allies as they had a common enemy -- the Turks

After the partitions, Austria now had TWO enemies to the east.

8 posted on 08/02/2012 12:12:39 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Cronos
German, Russia and Austria were allied from 1873 until 1887. The lunacy of Kaiser Wilhelm II, and the scramble to claim Ottoman occupied Slavic lands killed it.
10 posted on 08/02/2012 12:52:09 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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