The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that in 1996, who was then the Minister of foreign Affairs Yevgeny Primakov encouraged him to go on a business trip to the Embassy in Washington. The idea was made in a Russian bath in new York. The words of a diplomat RIA Novosti.
Lavrov at the time was permanent representative of Russia to the UN.
“It was 1996, September. We went to the Russian bath. Out of the steam room, sat down on the chairs, beer,” — said the Minister of foreign Affairs to continue this dialogue.
Primakov: I decided to send you to Washington.
Lavrov: For what? (taken aback)
Primakov: What is politically immature question? Washington is our main foreign point.
Lavrov: Let me disagree with you. I believe that this is new York. You are the author of the theory of multipolarity. Where is multipolarity? In Washington, when you’re trying to do, then you need to call and think, will you accept or will not accept. Or get in new York — you went into the building of the General Assembly, where all countries are represented.
In the end, Primakov, Lavrov, left to work at the same place. The story the Minister told the participants of the all-Russian youth educational forum “Territory meanings on the Klyazma” (held in the Vladimir region from 27 June to 20 August).
As reported TASS, Lavrov also said that Primakov had always considered someone else’s opinion, when he held the post of Minister of foreign Affairs. “He never confessed the one-sidedness of their assessment, was never sure in their own right, if you showed him some arguments,” said the diplomat.
Lavrov held the position of permanent representative to the UN from 1994 to 2004. He then headed the foreign Ministry.
Primakov headed the Russian foreign Ministry from 1996 to 1998. After he became Prime Minister (1998-1999). Was also the Deputy of the state Duma. Primakov died in June 2015.