November 11, 1992 |
It was after hours, and Robert S. Strauss, the Texas millionaire who ceases being U.S. ambassador to Moscow today, sipped his 80-proof vodka on the rocks and reviewed the record of his 15 months inside the whirlwind of Russian politics. "I don't think I had any influence on (the Russian) Parliament," Strauss mused at one point, explaining that American businesses still must operate here without the explicit laws on taxation and real and intellectual property they want.
September 22, 1992 |
Robert S. Strauss, the wily Potomac powerbroker turned U.S. diplomat, said Monday he will resign as ambassador to Russia by the end of the year but will keep lobbying for the cause of Russian reform in Washington. After meeting with President Boris N. Yeltsin on Monday afternoon, Strauss said he reassured the Russian leader that "instead of losing an ambassador, you'll pick one up when I go back to the States."
July 25, 1992 |
Selling aid to Russia as if it were a domestic pork-barrel program, Ambassador Robert S. Strauss cut a swathe across Capitol Hill, pushing a balky House of Representatives toward a vote to approve President Bush's proposal for billions of dollars in multinational loans to Moscow.
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February 21, 1992
Robert S. Strauss was the first to admit that he knew little about Russia when President Bush named him as ambassador to Moscow last year. Where the Washington lawyer and Democratic wheeler-dealer does have expertise is in deal-making and persuasion. Surveying the shambles of Russia's economy, Strauss has come up with some imaginative ideas about how U.S. talent and experience can begin to help, and fairly quickly.
February 20, 1992 |
Amid Russia's collapsing economy, U.S. Ambassador Robert S. Strauss has an idea on how to help reverse the trend and move away from seven decades of Soviet socialism--open a dozen grocery stores. "Not big American supermarkets with everything, but stores that sell milk and eggs and sausage and vegetables," Strauss said Wednesday. "You know, grocery stores. "People need food, they have money and they will buy. Get two, three, four entrepreneurs and help them open corner groceries.
February 3, 1992 |
The U.S. ambassador to Russia described Moscow's economic reform program Sunday as more courageous than coherent and said it is too soon for the United States to pump billions of dollars in financial aid into the country. "It wouldn't be prudent to spend money today," Ambassador Robert S. Strauss told the National Governors' Assn. He said that Russia still lacks the financial institutions and economic structures to make sure the money is not wasted.