Morning: Berchtold asks
Posted on July 24th, 1914 by admin
Morning: Berchtold asks Kudashev to call on him. He explains the purpose of the ultimatum is to stop Serbia supporting the Greater Serbia movement and to enable Austria-Hungary to check that it is doing so. Austria has no intention of taking territory from Serbia and wishes only to preserve the existing order.
Vienna considers her demands can be met and is prepared to risk armed conflict in the event of rejection. Austria-Hungary has to give proof of her stature as a Great Power, essential to the balance of power in Europe.