Can 'odd couple' Kerry and Lavrov take the edge off Ukraine crisis talks? - CNN
Scott Brown to run in New Hampshire, Kerry and Lavrov's marathon meeting. Thank Kerry and Lavrov for such progress. They managed to remain cordial, even warm in their relations during some very frosty—almost Cold. According to the Russian foreign ministry, Lavrov gave Kerry a T-shirt do not reflect the real potential of large-scale US-Russian relations," a.
The embassy in Sri Lanka employed only 24 diplomats. Lavrov was given the task of continuously analysing the situation in the country, but he also worked as a translator, personal secretary and assistant to Rafiq Nishonov.
There he was involved in analytics and his office also worked with various international organizations including the United Nations. In Octoberthe foreign ministers of all Soviet republics, except Georgia and the Baltic statesheld a meeting where they dealt with the Union of Foreign Ministries. In Aprilhe was named deputy foreign minister.
Lavrov was asked to oversee the activities of the Human Rights and International Cultural Cooperation and the two departments — for the CIS countries, international organizations and international economic cooperation. On 21 MayLavrov was reappointed foreign minister to the cabinet led by prime minister Dimitri Medvedev. A Russian foreign policy expert at London's pro-Western Chatham Househas described him as "a tough, reliable, extremely sophisticated negotiator", but adds that "he's not part of Putin's inner sanctum " and that the toughening of Russian foreign policy has got very little to do with him.
John Kerry went to Russia and all he got was this stupid T-shirt
Lavrov and Mikhail Fradkovwho were part of the delegation, were given a royal welcome by thousands of pro-Assad supporters. A smiling Kerry replied, "You want me to take your word for it? It's a little early for that.
Kerry has accused Russia of fomenting unrest to destabilize Ukraine's new, West-leaning government. In return, Lavrov has accused the West of meddling in Ukrainian affairs.
While Kerry sometimes appears to go beyond the White House's script during crisis talks, Lavrov consistently offers a faithful translation of Putin's foreign policy, according to observers -- one that the West can sometimes find difficult to interpret.
His audience, his constituency is mainly the audience of the Russian federation. Kerry, right, and Lavrov sitting on the edge of the lawn at Winfield House, the US ambassador's residence in London, March [EPA] The eye of the beholder There's been no shortage of disagreements over vision, style and demeanour between these two leaders, especially during Obama's second and Putin's third terms as presidents. Over the past 16 years, US-Russian relations underwent four different phases.
After their first summit in Slovenia inBush's initial impression seemed somewhat overconfident, even naive.Lavrov: Obama left political 'landmines' to sabotage future Russia-US relations
I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy, and we had a very good dialogue. I was able to get a sense of his soul. He's a man deeply committed to his country and the best interests of his country. I appreciate very much the frank dialogue and that's the beginning of a very constructive relationship.
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But when Obama became president inhe preferred methodical and institutional relations to personal associations, and generally avoided looking into Putin's eyes. The two signed a nuclear arms reduction pact inand prepared the ground for Russia's entry to the World Trade Organization two years later.
Things seemed to be going well.
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Obama was even captured on camera whispering to Medvedev, asking him to tell Putin that he'll be free to do more on accommodating Russia after his re-election. Russia was unhappy with the way the US and its European allies abused their UN mandate from preventing genocide in Libya to regime change.
Putin saw Obama's support for change in the Arab world as reckless, and in Ukraine as dangerous, even menacing.
And Putin was determined to stop what he saw as a US drive to destabilise the international state system.
China agreed with Russia, but without the hostility. Eventually, Putin made the decision to interfere militarily in Syria to protect Bashar al-Assad and prevent another regime change.
Obama warned him of another Afghanistan but did nothing to stop him. In fact, while Obama slapped Russia with sanctions over Crimea, he sent Kerry to Moscow to mend fences over Syria; but without much leverage. Kerry, right, addressing reporters as Lavrov looks on at Winfield House, the US ambassador's residence in London, March [EPA] Messrs Fix-it Since Obama and Putin are very different political animals, with very different styles and demeanours, it was left to Kerry and Lavrov to fix the glitches and stop the haemorrhage in the relationship.
It helped that both presidents seem to trust their world ambassadors, who not only follow instructions, but also think like them. However, it was Kerry and Lavrov who steered the way forward.