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MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov was perfectly aware that Russia can’t be led in international affairs, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview for the documentary "I have made up my mind. Yevgeny Primakov" for Rossiya 1 television channel.
"When Yevgeny Primakov came to public affairs after his work in the Foreign Intelligence Service to the Foreign Ministry and later, when he became prime minister, talking to foreign partners, he let it all [Western countries’ attitude as if they won the cold war against Russia] pass through himself," Lavrov said.
"I think he had a clear impression from communication with a huge number of counterparts on the posts of foreign ministers, prime ministers from Western countries, a very clear sensation of how we were perceived in that period," he said.
Lavrov said the very authority of Primakov, when he came to work in the Foreign Ministry, corrected many slants in the heads of Western partners.
"But the pivot they had after the collapse of the Soviet Union ‘I do what I want, and if someone says something against me, they won’t be able to do anything’ remained very serious at the time," he said.
"Yevgeny Primakov was perfectly aware, that proceeding from its geography, history written in the blood and sweat of our ancestors, its, if you want, political culture, Russia couldn’t be led in international affairs, and any different feelings were a short anomaly that could not last long," Lavrov said.