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Yevgeny Primakov, Russian Premier Under Yeltsin, Dies at 85

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Yevgeny Primakov, the former Russian premier, foreign minister and KGB spymaster who negotiated a cooperation pact with NATO after fighting the alliance’s expansion in eastern Europe, has died. He was 85.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Friday. Primakov died on Friday in Moscow’s central clinical hospital after a long illness, his grandson Yevgeny said by phone.