January 10, 1996 |
Tapping a spymaster with close ties to the Arab world to lead Russia's foreign policy, President Boris N. Yeltsin on Tuesday appointed intelligence chief Yevgeny M. Primakov as his new foreign minister. Primakov, 66, has directed the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service for the past five years, and by some accounts has succeeded in boosting morale and limiting the number of defections.
April 21, 1995 |
In just three days, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev has upset Baltic leaders with a threat of force to protect minority Russians, paralyzed Tajik peace talks with a hint of military intervention and sparked fears of resurgent Russian nationalism throughout the "near abroad."
February 25, 1994 |
President Boris N. Yeltsin's State of the Nation speech on Thursday took a distinctly harder line on foreign policy, promising that Russia will pursue its national interests more vigorously and is prepared to get tough when necessary. Though the speech was crafted for domestic consumption, its assertive stance signals Moscow's independence from the West at a time when Russia is suffering from superpower nostalgia and wounded national pride.
January 6, 1996 |
The long humiliation of Foreign Minister Andrei V. Kozyrev culminated Friday in a presidential decree announcing his dismissal and fresh slights against the diplomat who once personified the democratic promise of a new Russia. President Boris N. Yeltsin's decision to sack his longest-serving Cabinet minister underscored a hawkish trend that has pervaded Kremlin relations with the West as Russians' commitment to reform weakens from a protracted and painful transition.
January 30, 1992 |
As Russia stretches across the world map, it looks like a slimmed-down Soviet Union, stripped now of most of its possessions in the Baltics, the Caucasus and Central Asia and split away from its Slavic neighbors, Ukraine and Belarus, yet nonetheless a colossus astride Europe and Asia. Yet, this Russia is showing itself to be a different country with a different government, and to have a different president with a different foreign policy than that of the old Soviet Union.
March 8, 1994 |
The Clinton Administration, sobered by the new, more nationalistic tone of Russia's foreign policy, is reluctantly cooling its once-warm embrace of Moscow as a reliable strategic "partner" for the West. In unannounced steps over the last few weeks, the Administration has shifted to a markedly tougher policy on international loans to Russia and has warned Moscow against military or political intervention in neighboring countries, senior officials said.