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The recently retired head of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, in 2013.
The recently retired head of the Council on Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, in 2013. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
July 11, 2023

Last week, NBC broke a story about three former U.S. officials meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov while he was in New York for a U.N. Security Council meeting. The report stated that these three former officials had “secret Ukraine talks with prominent Russians.”