Thursday, May 05, 2022

Today -100: May 5, 1922: Of non-aggression and truces

France rejects Lloyd George’s proposed non-aggression pact unless 1) every European nation signs, 2) Russia recognizes its current boundaries for the next 10 years, 3) France can act unilaterally to enforce the Versailles Treaty against Germany. Germany rejects these terms, saying only the Allies acting together have the right to enforce the treaty. And Russia rejects them, saying Romania has no right to occupy Bessarabia. Also, Russia will pay its war debts or it will compensate foreign owners of nationalized property, but it won’t do both, and it wants a large loan as a condition for doing either.

The Irish Free State and Republicans agree to a 96-hour truce.

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