HC Deb 19 April 1849 vol 104 cc458-9

begged to ask the noble Viscount the Foreign Secretary whether he had received any information from Constantinople on the subject of the alleged demand addressed to the Porte by the Government of Russia as to the removal of all the Turkish troops from Wallachia and Moldavia, and whether a threat had not been held out, that unless the troops were withdrawn the Russian Minister would demand his passports?


I have no reason to believe that any such announcement has been made by the Russian to the Turkish Government; on the contrary, I have every reason to believe the report to be unfounded. The fact is, that the presence of the Turkish troops in Moldavia was invited, I believe, by Russia; but the only fact I am in possession of is, that the Russian Government has recently sent General Grabbe, an officer of high distinction, from St. Petersburgh to Constantinople, with the view of endeavouring to effect a friendly arrangement between the two Powers.

Subject at an end.