Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has died, he was 100 years old, The Washington Post reports. The cause of the politician's death was not specified. Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut on November 29.
Henry Kissinger was born on May 27, 1923, to a Jewish family in Germany. In 1938, the family moved to the United States to escape persecution. Kissinger's political career began in the 1960s.
Kissinger served as National Security Advisor to the President of the United States in 1969-1975 and as Secretary of State in 1973-1977. He was a supporter of "realpolitik". Kissinger played a significant role in bringing the United States and China closer together and establishing relations with the USSR. In particular, his efforts led to US-Soviet arms control negotiations.
The diplomat took part in the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and helped to expand ties between Israel and Arab countries, and in 1973 signed the Paris Peace Agreement to end the Vietnam War. Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in reaching the agreement, and the diplomat's victory in this nomination is considered one of the most controversial in history.
After leaving the civil service, the diplomat founded the consulting firm Kissinger Associates and remained an active participant in political processes until his last days. Among other things, Kissinger has repeatedly spoken out about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. For example, in May 2022, he called on Kyiv to make territorial concessions and start peace talks with Moscow. A few months later, the diplomat advocated refusing such concessions during possible negotiations and supported Ukraine's accession to NATO.