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Sazonov, Sergei Dmitrievich
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Sazonov, Sergei Dmitrievich

(August 10, 1860, Ryazan territory – December 25, 1927, Nice), Russian politician and diplomat. In the diplomatic service since 1883, Sazonov became deputy foreign minister in 1909. After being appointed foreign minister in 1910 he sought to improve relations with France, and especially with Britain, in order to secure the support of the British fleet in the event of war. In this, Sazonov pursued a policy of war avoidance, motivated in particular by Russia’s need for tim…

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Lindemann, Mechtild, “Sazonov, Sergei Dmitrievich”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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