Sergey Lavrov has emerged as the probably the most formidable foreign minister in the world. A product of the old Soviet system, he has clarity of mind, and an understanding of the great currents of world affairs.
Neither William Hague nor John Kerry could have dealt with a press conference with the candour, gravity and thoughtfulness that Mr Lavrov did in Bali on Monday. He provided a kaleidoscopic survey of global problems.
His observations on the importance of observing international law, the danger of another war in Afghanistan, and the framework for negotiations with Iran, are extraordinary.
Chief political commentator, Daily Telegraph
February 3, 2014:
“This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, ensuring human rights, especially the right to life,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Geneva, where he was attending U.N. meetings.
Russian Foreign Minister, "probably the most formidable foreign minister in the world"
on the brutal Russian aggression against Ukraine
And the man (Oborne) still appears to be employed by the Daily Telegraph!
But, thank God, he is now concentrating on something else:
Peter Oborne @OborneTweets
Brilliant article in latest Nightwatchman on the biggest ever defeat in first class cricket, by my friends Richard Heller and Khan Shehram.