The telegram sent to the prominent diplomat’s family reads, in part:
«Anatoly Dobrynin, a talented and memorable figure, professional of the highest calibre and legend of Russian diplomacy has left us. His name is associated with a whole epoch in Russian and global foreign policy.
There can be no overestimating Anatoly Dobrynin’s personal contribution to resolving the Cuban missile crisis and normalising Soviet-American relations.
His outstanding abilities as a negotiator and analyst earned him the respect of both colleagues and opponents, and his goodwill, deep knowledge and wealth of life experience won him the respect and liking of everyone around him.»
Famous Soviet diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Anatoly Dobrynin died in Moscow on April 6 at the age of 90. The most memorable pages in his career came during his time as Soviet ambassador to Washington during 1962-1986. Mr Dobrynin played a big part in resolving the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and signing the 1972 ABM Treaty.