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Old 09-14-2014, 03:13 PM   #534
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Originally Posted by Kitsune View Post
Well, the Austrian-Hungarian Empire was another of Russia's prime targets after all. While not as strong and dynamic as Germany, this was still an entity with a population of about 50 million at the time. I am not so sure that Russia could have afforded it to entirely ignore this ally of Germany, and instead to open up an early front with the Osman Empire, a state that was still neutral at this time (although it was admittedly another target for Russian desires of conquest, especially Istanbul and the Turkish Straits), as you suggest.
One should also remember that coming to the aid of the Southern Slavs - the Eris Apple of the entire conflict - would require going through Austria-Hungary. This had strong support in Russia and any attempts to neglect this entirely would lead to protests.
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