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Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies

By Agence France-Presse in Tbilisi, Georgia ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-07-08 07:28:21

Eduard Shevardnadze, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister before becoming president of Georgia, died on Monday at the age of 86.

"Mr Shevardnadze died today at noon," his aide Marina Davitashvili said, weeping. "He was ill for a long time."

Shevardnadze won high praise on the world stage for his time as Mikhail Gorbachev's chief diplomat, when he oversaw arms-reduction treaties with the United States and brokered the deal that brought down the Berlin Wall.

Last Soviet FM Shevardnadze dies

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