18 july

Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly I. Antonov remarks at the concert, dedicated to the Andrei A. Gromyko 110th Anniversary

Dear friends, 
Today our country celebrates a significant date – one hundred and tenth anniversary of the great diplomat Andrei Gromyko. He was the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for almost three decades – from 1957 to 1985 – in fact being a living symbol of the Soviet foreign policy of that time. 
The U.S. was the country of Andrei Gromyko’s debut at the international diplomatic scene. In 1943, at the age of 34 he was appointed Ambassador of the USSR to the United States. In 1946 he became the first Permanent Representative of our country to the UN. Later, as Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko visited the U.S. many times. He met the U.S. presidents – from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan – as well as state secretaries. 
During his service as Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN, Andrei Gromyko was already nicknamed “Mister No” by the Western media. Indeed, throughout his career he was renowned for his ability to vigorously defend his negotiating standpoints. 

At the same time Andrei Gromyko wasn’t a proponent of an open confrontation in relations with the Western countries. The prominent Soviet diplomat perfectly understood the need for having a dialogue with the U.S., and seeking mutually beneficial solutions to the most pressing issues. He always noted that cooperation between our countries determines to a great extent global security and stability. He made a great contribution to detente in relations between Moscow and Washington. His active work resulted in achieving dozens of bilateral and multilateral agreements involving the USSR and the U.S. 
There is no doubt that the diplomatic heritage of Andrei Gromyko has not lost its value up to this day. In current realities of a multipolar world Russia and the U.S. are ones of the most important participants of the system of international relations. Our countries – the two largest nuclear powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council – bear a special responsibility for maintaining global stability and security. Therefore, it is critically important to keep up an effective bilateral dialogue, established and developed through the efforts of Andrei Gromyko. 
Thank you for your attention!