Primakov's 19th century model

  • 1998-08-06
  • Paul Goble
WASHINGTON - Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeniy Primakov has identified his nineteenth century predecessor, Aleksandr Gorchakov, as a model for Moscow's approach to the world in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's collapse.In a speech on the 200th anniversary of Gorchakov's birth, published in the current issue of the Russian foreign policy journal International Affairs, Primakov notes that Gorchakov was able to rebuild Russia's power and influence after its defeat in the Crimean War with Great Britain When Gorchakov assumed office after that defeat in 1856, Primakov argues, many people "th...
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