However, in-part due to the shrewd negotiating skills of the Russian delegate, Sergei Witte, the Japanese were unable to secure all of their interests during the Treaty of Portsmouth.
While Japan had several significant, tactically decisive military victories throughout the war and had achieved several of their limited objectives, they failed to achieve all them. Most important (and injuring) to the Japanese, was that Russia was not forced to pay indemnity for the war. This was something that the Tsar Nicholas the II was vehemently against going into the negotiations (Warner, 531) Due to the current financial status of both countries as a result of the costs of conducting the war, Japan would’ve been hard pressed to be able to continue this war much longer. Both countries had spent most of their resources to fund this war, and by the time the Russian Fleet was entering the Tsushima Strait, Japan was reaching the limits of what they afford to support their war effort (Fuller, 406). With that in mind, they knew that they would need a strong position with which to go into negotiations in order…show more content… It could be argued that Japan was unable to deliver any truly decisive strategic victory against the Russians during the war, because in the end they were not able to get everything that they had set out to, namely indemnity. Their tactical successes never developed into a position of power strong enough to overcome the shrewd negotiating skills of the Russian delegate, Count Sergei Witte during peace talks at