Financial Times: Putin deploys old hands to shape new global agenda


Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) and Russian presidential aid Yury Ushakov (R), wait prior to a meeting with the French president on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on April 24, 2015 in Yerevan.

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According to the law, Yuri Ushakov must step aside on March 13. That is the day Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy adviser turns 70 — the latest possible retirement age for government officials. Recent talk among Russian diplomats has been of his likely successor. Andrei Denisov, ambassador to China? Or perhaps Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin’s spokesman?

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