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File No. 761.94/99

Ambassador Francis to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

642. Following in today’s Novoe Vremya.

The Imperial Russian Government having decided to unite their efforts for the maintenance of constant peace in the Far East make the following agreement: [Page 432]

  • Article I. Russia will not take part in any agreement or political union directed against Japan. Japan will not take part in any agreement or political union directed against Russia.
  • Article II. In such cases when the territorial rights or special interests in the Far East of one of the contracting parties is considered by the other contracting party as being threatened by some danger Russia and Japan will agree between each other as to the necessary measures to be taken with regard to helping each other and cooperating mutually for the defense and protection of the said rights or interests. In confirmation of the above the undersigned, being authorized by their separate Governments, have signed this convention, fixing their seals thereto. Concluded at Petrograd July third, 1916. Signed: Sazonoff and J. Motono, Japanese Ambassador.

Francis