A three-way land swap between Austria, Prussia/Germany, and Russia?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
18,701
SoCal
#21
If Russian ultimate goal is to take Constantinople, they should be negotiating with the British and French. Making concessions to Austrians, who ultimately have no say in the matter anyway, wouldn't be a good policy.
Negotiating with Britain and France isn't going to result in a positive outcome for Russia, though--at least not before WWI actually breaks out.
 
Aug 2014
254
New York, USA
#22
Negotiating with Britain and France isn't going to result in a positive outcome for Russia, though--at least not before WWI actually breaks out.
It depends if they have leverage or other concessions to make elsewhere. For example, instead of making concessions to Austria, pushing into Iran may result in Constantinople going to the Russians, because now they can negotiate vis-à-vis British. The reason negotiations re:WW1 were successful for Russia is because they had enough of both.
Austrians were not an obstacle for taking Constantinople, British and the French were. As soon as the French and British give a green light, Russians would roll into Constantinople regardless of who stands in their way (Austrians, Ottomans, etc).
 
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Apr 2017
1,237
U.S.A.
#23
Yes, but please keep in mind that the USSR was a totalitarian state.

Pre-WWI Romania never had much depth to begin with, though.
Indeed but a few points: Tsarist Russia was effectively a dictatorship, the will of the people mattered much less back then (even compared to the Soviet Union) and establishing puppet states in the Balkans would be far less costly than Afghanistan was.
Points the same, if Romania is a Russian leaning state, they can influence the Balkans. If its absorbed by Austria, their influence is limited by the narrowness of Dobruja (which could be easily cut off by Austria).
 
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