§ Mr. PONSONBY
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has any further information with regard 1354 to the dispatch of Russian troops into Persian territory; and whether any representations have yet been made by His Majesty's Government to the Russian Government on the subject?
§ Sir E. GREY
Russia demanded the replacement of the Treasury Gendarmes by Persian Cossacks in the case of certain property, and a formal apology to the Russian Minister by the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs; and failing this, within a certain time expressed her intention of sending troops to Kasvin. The demands were not conceded. I understand that an intention to comply with them now exists, but it is not likely to be carried out for a few days. Meanwhile the Russian troops have started, and some have arrived at Resht. We have been in communication with the Russian Government, and have been assured that the dispatch of troops would only be a temporary measure to secure satisfaction.