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Newsline: Former foreign minister says Russia must stop ‘diplomacy of deception’

A former Russian foreign minister told Fox News Digital that Russia needs to return to “international norms” before meaningful talks and relations can occur. Andrei Kozyrev, who served as Russia’s foreign minister from 1990 to 1996, said that the West and Russia will remain at odds until “Russian rulers start to behave within the international norms.” And talks with Russia will also prove difficult as Russia practices what Kozyrev called “diplomacy of deception.” “It’s a talk of lies, you know,” he said. (https://news.yahoo.com/russia-intends-further-ukraine-must-135846117.html) Kozyrev spoke at length about his working relationship with his then-deputy and now-current Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who took office in 2004 and “changed drastically” from his earlier days in the ministry. “I don’t know why he’s doing this,” Kozyrev added. “He was a good diplomat and a good person … he was my friend.”

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