Suitable mid-October 1853 and in the Danubian Principalities, which has long standing Russian troops, no one really knew whether the "real" war with Turkey or not and, most importantly, what is exactly the basic idea of ??the king. Buturlin, the representative of the Russian government, sits in Bucharest, in the heart, and nothing at all can not understand and can not respond properly to Menshikov. "Monseigneur wants to know whether we are here in the war with the Turks? The answer to this is: yes and no. We fight, it's true, on the Danube, as you know, Prince, and on the banks of the river, in cases where we can not do otherwise, that is. E. When the Turks made raids on our Cossack pickets and Wallachian sanitary cordon " but the war has not yet begun in fact neither the one nor the other side. Buturlin clearly annoyed by inaction and indecision Russian High Command. The Turks occupied the island freely on the Danube, Calafat calmly took a detachment of 5,000 people, and Russian, which stood at four crossings of Kalafat and which was 9,000 people, and did not think to resist. "If only this indulgence us in the end did not cost expensive!" - Concludes Buturlin. Most importantly, can not be understood exactly what he wants Nicholas: "As for our projects, our plans - they are so vague, so little definite, almost equal to zero (cela presque rien) ... And besides, we are not called upon to decide what we will do. Our directives must come to us from a higher place ".