Gtvasy wrote:France and Britain betrayed its main ally with great rascality, left them with minimal support during the Civil war, when Russian army numerously saved the Western front and Paris in 1914, by launching offensives, and after Whites' evacuation French and British disarmed them and abandoned without providing any sort of support, looking at them like on some refugees, not former alies. British especially demonstrated disgracefulness of their foreign policy when Lloyd George accepted the Soviet government in 1921.
That is a shameful page of your history.
Well, don't mix countries/peoples and their governments.
And don't expect any governments to follow what they signed. They build alliances with Powers, not with refugies.
Many people in France at this period didn't liked such an alliance between a 'civilized' Republic and a medieval imperial state. Big parts of the French propaganda against Germany was based on critics about its autocratic, 'Barbarian' and anti-democratic imperial government. So of courses, the Alliance with Imperial Russia could only be something to not speak too much about, except about its great number of divisions which hopefully will attack Germany in the back.
The Alliance became more popular with the new Russian Republican government of Kerenski after the February Revolution.
But after the October Revolution, when Russia signed an armistice alone with Germany, you could find your same words in all British and French newspapers and Pub's discussions : "Russia betrayed its main allies with great rascality, when French and British Armies saved the Eastern Front and Petrograd in 1916, by launching Sommes Offensives,..." etc.
When you say that France and Britain left minimal support during the Russian Civil war, it is not true.
French and British governments send a huge material and financial support to the Whites as long as they could. Especially if you concider that the populations of this countries was mostly against such an involvement, that they worked hardly during years of war to produce all this guns to fight the Germans and not to provide this toys to Russians that fight other Russians when war is over, and that eventually their parliaments make stop most of this support by the end of 1919.
Keep in mind that my ancesters here never signed anything with the Tzar to ally with him, and the Tzar never asked to any of its Russian subjects to ally with France.
Of courses, it was kind of "Vae Victis" for the rest of the Russian White officers (and few soldiers) that could escape to the West. But believe me, they were far more rich that any other refugies and migrants of that time arriving in France or in New York. They where not welcomed with too much official ceremony because French and British goverment had to deal with the new Russia. But also because French population didn't saw them like the ones which saved them and win the world war.
Why should a French peasant or worker coming back from Verdun be gratefull to a Russian White and WWI veteran soldier arriving in France ? When most of the Russian WWI veteran soldiers that helped them fighting Germans in 1914 are mostly the same ones that did the Revolutions in 1917 which removed Russia from the war ?
There is more shameful pages for France and Britain than recognizing the new Red Russian government. Like when French government, supported by a big part of the French population afraid from a new war, organized the complete dissolution of an allied country, Czechoslovakia, in Muenchen, in 1938.