Andrei Vladimirovich Kosyrew

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Andrei Kozyrev

Andrei Wladimirowitsch Kosyrew ( Russian Андрей Владимирович Козырев ; born March 27, 1951 in Brussels ) was Russian Foreign Minister under Boris Yeltsin's government . He held office from October 1990 until his dismissal in January 1996 (he was succeeded by the future Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov ).

Kozyrev is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations .

From 1968 he worked in the Soviet Foreign Ministry, where he was head of the department for international organizations from 1986 to 1990.

In 1993 he and his US counterpart Warren Christopher signed the Oslo Agreement for Russia . However, his course was seen by a large majority in parliament as ingratiation to NATO, which promoted his replacement by Yevgeny Maximowitsch Primakow .

In popular parlance, Kosyrew's policy of transforming relations with the USA and NATO from opposition to partnership has given him the nickname "Mr. Ja" or "Mr. Yes" - based on what was known as "Mr. No “well-known Foreign Minister of the USSR Gromyko - introduced. Kozyrev was heavily criticized in Russia for his turn to the West. Gorbachev, for example, accused him of having turned the Russian Foreign Ministry into a branch of the State Department .

Today Kosyrew lives in the USA .



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