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Kozyrev Should Not Be Sacrificed

Exit a humanist and voice of reason, enter the unknown. The near-certain departure of Andrei Kozyrev as foreign minister of Russia is an event to be mourned. That Boris Yeltsin should have to make some sacrifices in the current political context is understandable. But his inclusion of Kozyrev among the outcasts can only be deeply regretted. Kozyrev, 41, has been with the Yeltsin team since 1990. As foreign minister, he has carried on the tradition of ""new thinking"" begun in the mid-1980s, by Eduard Shevardnadze. This enlightened approach to Russia's role broke with decades of antagonism toward the West. It said goodbye to the arms race; stopped supporting dictatorial regimes; ended the Afghan war; allowed the collapse of the Berlin Wall and, ultimately, of the Soviet empire. This is precisely what has enraged Yeltsin's opponents, who long for a return to old ways. For them, the Cold War years were a time of Soviet strength that they nostalgically hope to regain.
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