In 1862 Russia emerged as the only American ally and she made sure that none would interfere in American internal affairs. Prince Aleksandr Mikhailovich Gortchakov assured the US charge d'affairs Bayrad Taylor:
"Russia alone has stood by you from the very first, and will continue to stand by you....We desire above all things the maintenance of the American Union as an indivisible nation....Proposals will be made to Russia to join some plan of interference. She will refuse any invitation of the kind...You may rely upon us."
Today Sergey Lavrov played it in Prince Gortchakov's manner:
Kerry's a grandfather — again.
Kerry and Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) were meeting in Munich on Saturday, and Kerry mentioned that his daughter Vanessa just had her second child — a girl.
Lavrov offered congratulations — and gave a dig to the former Massachusetts senator about the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Here's what Lavrov said: "John, we always are happy when patriots beat hawks."
Kerry paused and then replied, "I hadn't thought of it that way. I'm sure you do."