Monday 26 June 2017

Kerry faces toughest challenge to outwit Russian bear

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Rome
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Rome

Gerard O'Regan

When one of his Jewish grandparents rolled a pencil on the page of an atlas – and it landed near the word Kerry in the south-west corner of Ireland – an unlikely link was forged between this country and the US Secretary of State.

John Kerry's original family name was in fact Kohn, but like many Jews experiencing anti-semitism at the turn of the last century, they decided to change it, all on the basis of that rolling pencil.

The world's number one trouble shooter was centre stage this week, talking tough to anybody who would listen. During his visit to Ukraine, up the road, to speak, Vladimir Putin continued to flex his muscles, almost taunting him or anybody else to get in his way.

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