Avatar for kap 18 декабря 2004

Is it a common thing – when diplomats negotiate with each other in a familiar manner? Henry Kissinger, for instance. I always thought, he was (is) a reserved person and had (still has) a very refined manner of speaking. But concerning telephone talks with Dobrynin, he was amazingly informal.(“where the hell is it?” “Uh-huh”…) Maybe the reason was, that they were just old friends? Would anybody explain me this phenomenon? Thanks in advance.

Avatar for anonymous спустя 2 дня (20 декабря 2004)

First, telephone conversations are in general tend to be much more informal than some, say, official signing ceremony. Second, yes, it has been my impression as well that American diplomats are pretty informal.

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Дмитрий Победаш


And, third, by that time Dobrynin and Kissinger must have known each other for a number of years. On the other hand, were those conversations REALLY informal?

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