Prior to World War 1 Germany's navy was mostly oriented against Britain in the North Sea, but detached a battlecruiser, 2 armored cruisers, and many more light cruisers to overseas stations where they could be (and ultimately were) cut off from a return to Germany. What if the British Royal Navy (or French Marine Nationale?) sent comparable forces to Black Sea or Baltic Sea ports? Would the Russians welcome such a development as a tripwire to involve its allies in the event of German aggression? Would the Russians resent the idea as an intrusion into their sphere of influence? Would there be a diplomatic crisis with Germany? Would Germany agree to withdraw Goeben from the Mediterranean if the Royal Navy withdrew one of their battlecruisers alternatively stationed in the Baltic? Would a Royal Navy squadron be able to exert any influence in those seas if World War 1 were to break out as historically, such as by influencing if and when countries like the Ottoman Empire, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, and Bulgaria entered the war? Would more powerful units available to act with the Russian fleet meaningfully alter the tactical situation? Would such a deployment be a pointless attrition to the Royal Navy?