Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on the death of Colin Powell
The late Colin Powell, a prominent government, military and political leader who occupied high positions in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, will be remembered as a patriot who defended his country’s interests in the way he considered right.
As US Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, Mr Powell was compelled to carry out dubious instructions that helped precipitate the war in Iraq, for which he later expressed sincere regret. However, he will be remembered in American history primarily as a talented professional who rose from the ranks to the highest military and political positions in the country. Many Americans associated his name with hopes for a better future, seeing in his difficult journey the embodiment of the American dream.
His political realism and ability to listen to the other side are sorely needed in the current crisis in Russian-US relations created by Washington. Many representatives of the current US political elite obviously lack these features.
We join in expressing our deepest condolences to his family and friends, and all those who knew and respected this distinguished man.