German ambassador tells Russian Foreign Minister Berlin is still pushing Vienna to talk. Foreign Minister says there is no sign Vienna wants to talk.
While talking with the Austrian ambassador the Foreign Minister hears of the Austrian shelling of Belgrade and assumes the invasion of Serbia has begun. He tells ambassador there can be no more discussion.
German ambassador delivers message that further Russian military preparations will compel Germany to mobilise. This convinces the Russians that Germany is behind Austria’s actions.
Russian leaders decide war is inevitable and the only course for them is to declare general mobilisation. The Tsar approves.
Tsar gets message from the Kaiser saying he is still trying to mediate. The Tsar changes general mobilisation to partial mobilisation.