Surprisingly Compassionate Putin: 'Please Accept My Deepest Condolences'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.30 - 2023 9:28 PM CET

Putin reacts to Henry Kissingers death.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed condolences to the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger following his death. The text of the telegram was published on the Kremlin's website according to RTVI.

"Dear Mrs. Kissinger, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your husband, Henry Kissinger," Putin wrote.

Putin described Kissinger as "an outstanding diplomat, a wise and far-sighted statesman who enjoyed deserved authority around the world for many decades."

The Russian President recalled his numerous encounters with Kissinger, cherishing the brightest memories of him.

"I had the privilege of personally interacting with this profound, extraordinary man on many occasions, and I will undoubtedly retain the brightest memory of him," the letter stated.

Putin also noted that "Henry Kissinger's name is inextricably linked with a pragmatic foreign policy line that once helped to ease international tensions and led to significant Soviet-American agreements, contributing to the strengthening of global security."

The death of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was announced on the morning of November 30. Reuters reported that he passed away at the age of 100 at his home in Connecticut.

Kissinger's political career began in 1969 when he became the U.S. National Security Advisor, a position he held until 1975. He concurrently served as Secretary of State from 1973. Kissinger left this post in 1977.