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TitleCopy telegram from Sir A. Buchanan, St Petersburg, Russia, to 2nd Earl Granville [G.Leveson-Gower], Foreign Office, London; 18 Dec 1870
Date18 December 1870
Content DescriptionReports that he has told the Minister for Foreign Affairs that the honour of the Emperor and of Russia will be safe in the hands of Baron Brunnow; the Minister for Foreign Affairs would like an explanation of Baron Brunnow's discretionary powers; has informed him that the British Government considers itself as much bound as if there had been no declaration; the Minister replied that Russia will consider favourably any proposals for the neutralisation of the Black Sea, as long as they do not limit the Emperor's power; it appears that, as a violation of the Treaty would be an act of war, Baron Brunnow is seeking to prevent that eventuality; Baron Brunnow will have full discretionary powers except on one point, that he cannot withdraw the declaration, which is valid for Russia but not for other powers.
Termtreaties, Treaty of Paris 1856, Russian repudiation

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6099Brunnow; Philipp I. von (1797-1875); Baron; Russian diplomat1797-1875
NA6192Alexander II (1818-1881); Emperor of all the Russias; (succeeded 1855)1818-1881
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6137Gower; Granville G. Leveson- (1815-1891); 2nd Earl Granville; diplomat M.P. statesman1815-1891
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