His father, Alexei Yavlinsky, was an officer, and his mother, Vera Naumovna, was a Russian Jew who taught chemistry at an institute. In andhe was the champion of the Ukrainian SSR in junior boxing.
A former Soviet Communist apparatchik, Primakov went on to become a spymaster and foreign minister who was seen abroad as a hawk but was revered in Russia as a statesman and crisis manager. In Marchwhen he was prime minister, he turned his plane around over the Atlantic and abandoned a trip to the United States when it became clear that NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia, a Russian ally, were imminent.
For many Russians, the incident came to symbolize Primakov's refusal to kow-tow to the West. In his role as elder statesman, Primakov backed Putin over the Ukraine crisis although he said Russia had "somewhat overdone" its media coverage, seen in the West as propaganda.
Primakov, who succeeded pro-Western Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev in Januaryset out a vision of a "multipolar" world to challenge what he called Washington's concept of a "unipolar" system dominated by the United States.
The current Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said those principles remained central to Russian foreign policy today and praised Primakov as "a great man, statesman, politician, scientist, journalist and publicist. After graduating as an Arabic scholar from the Moscow Institute for Oriental Studies inhe became a correspondent for state radio and television and worked in the Middle East in the s.
He joined the Communist Party inentered the Soviet parliament inchaired the chamber from until and became a junior member of the ruling politburo under Gorbachev. He played a prominent role in failed efforts to avert the Gulf War when Gorbachev sent him to negotiate in Baghdad with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
He was seen abroad as a hawk but won respect from peers such as U. President Boris Yeltsin appointed Primakov prime minister in Septemberseeing him as a compromise figure to help ease political tensions after a market crash and effective debt default.
Primakov was credited with restoring a degree of stability but liberals accused him of freezing economic reforms and he was sacked in May Primakov later aligned himself with a left-leaning political bloc but dropped plans to run in the presidential election when Kremlin power brokers united around Putin's bid.
In a diplomatic mission, Primakov met Saddam at Putin's request for peace talks to try to avert the looming U. Three days later, the second Gulf War began.Putin’s Pro-Israel Policy Published in the Middle East Quarterly, Winter , pp.
The last of former Russian president Boris Yeltsin’s six prime ministers, Putin assumed with former prime minister Primakov’s statement to a Jordanian paper in which he blamed Israel. Mr Primakov was a prominent Russian politician, serving in a number of key government positions and diplomatic roles during his long career.
He served as Prime Minister between and Yevgeny Primakov, then the Russian foreign minister, voiced firm opposition, but emphasized Russia’s willingness to “minimize the complications that may arise if expansion goes ahead.”. The Russian Cultural Centre in Cairo honoured during a ceremony on 14 October the memory of late Russian politician, academician, and prime minister Yevgeny Primakov by unveiling a bust of the.
“The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination.” —John Steppling, “Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk.
After occupying the prime minister's seat for only five months, Putin has transformed his image from that of a bureaucrat working largely behind the scenes to that of Russia's most popular politician.