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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Albright: Kerry Will Talk Tough

APMadeleine Albright answering questions at a Moscow book presentation Friday.
The United States will seek close cooperation with Russia if Senator John Kerry wins the presidential election in November, but a Kerry administration will be forthright with Russia about differences of opinion, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said during a visit to Moscow on Friday.

"Senator Kerry is somebody who believes in diplomacy and in cooperation, and I foresee that the relations will be very good because it is important for us to cooperate." But, she added, "we are good friends, and good friends, I think, tell each other the truth."

Albright said she would have "contacts" with a Kerry administration.

Albright was secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 under Bill Clinton, and prior to that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. She met Saturday with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the ministry announced Sunday, noting that Lavrov knew Albright well from their years together at the United Nations. He was Russia's ambassador.

Albright was in Moscow to promote the Russian-language version of her book "Madam Secretary: A Memoir."