ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Kremlin training helps Lord Frost talk tough with the EU

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Lord Frost, our man battling the EU for bigger concessions over Northern Ireland, is under the Kremlin’s influence, I can reveal.

The Cabinet Minister, whom Boris Johnson called ‘the greatest Frost since the Great Frost of 1709’, has been picking up tips from a little-known Russian identified by my source as Igor Ryzov, an expert in Soviet hardball tactics.

Unusually, Frost has turned the Red Square way after his long diplomatic career in Brussels, Denmark, New York and Paris.

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Lord Frost, our man battling the EU for bigger concessions over Northern Ireland, is under the Kremlin's influence, I can reveal. The Cabinet Minister, whom Boris Johnson called 'the greatest Frost since the Great Frost of 1709', has been picking up tips from a little-known Russian identified by my source as Igor Ryzov, an expert in Soviet hardball tactics

Lord Frost, our man battling the EU for bigger concessions over Northern Ireland, is under the Kremlin’s influence, I can reveal. The Cabinet Minister, whom Boris Johnson called ‘the greatest Frost since the Great Frost of 1709’, has been picking up tips from a little-known Russian identified by my source as Igor Ryzov, an expert in Soviet hardball tactics

The source revealed that the Derby-born Brexit negotiator came under Ryzov’s influence only in the past two years.

I’m told Frost is particularly taken by the ploy of adopting a different ‘persona’ tailored to the type of meeting at hand.

The Russian offers insights into KGB tradecraft, including ‘special techniques for tough negotiations’ such as putting ‘the opponent in the zone of uncertainty’ where ‘fear is the most powerful weapon’.

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MI5’s counter-espionage team have not been alerted because, so far, Frost has merely been mining Ryzov’s book The Kremlin School of Negotiation, published in the UK in 2019. 

Business coach Ryzov views Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet Union foreign minister involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis, as a master of the Kremlin school.

Hopefully, Frost can learn his Cold War lessons without plunging us back into one, this time with Europe.

Cressida can’t see the irony

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I see there’s still no shortage of self-awareness at Scotland Yard. 

Embattled commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, whose contract was extended only because Home Secretary Priti Patel couldn’t find a replacement, will give a lecture next month in Westminster Abbey on ‘the meaning of serving as a leader’, how to ‘retain confidence with humility’ and show ‘competence’ in a crisis.

Embattled commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, whose contract was extended only because Home Secretary Priti Patel couldn't find a replacement, will give a lecture next month in Westminster Abbey on 'the meaning of serving as a leader', how to 'retain confidence with humility' and show 'competence' in a crisis

Embattled commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, whose contract was extended only because Home Secretary Priti Patel couldn’t find a replacement, will give a lecture next month in Westminster Abbey on ‘the meaning of serving as a leader’, how to ‘retain confidence with humility’ and show ‘competence’ in a crisis

Expect lessons in wagon-circling, siege mentality, lack of candour, cover-up and the art of obstructing inquiries while promising co-operation – all verdicts which an independent panel investigating the death of private detective Daniel Morgan laid at her door earlier this year.

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She rejected them, while promising full co-operation with the inquiry into how Sarah Everard was murdered by a Met officer.

Matt Hancock has anti-vaxxers to thank for beating his London Marathon target time.

Abuse directed at him a mile from the finish line spurred him on, he tells me. Unfortunately, his personal best wasn’t good enough for the UN. 

Last night it rescinded a job offer the sacked Health Secretary had embarrassingly already announced – on the same day MPs released a damning report into the Government’s Covid response.

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Expect a record time from Matt at the next London Marathon after further inquiries into his pandemic performance give their findings.

It’s not just cops, spooks and gangsters who sit with their backs to the wall in restaurants. 

Over dinner with a senior politician recently, I was shocked to hear her say she does it instinctively as a way of keeping safe.

Hopefully the debate over MPs’ security following Sir David Amess’s killing will lead to adequate measures that preserve face-to-face meetings with constituents while leaving parliamentarians safe to get on with their jobs.

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Days after Caroline Dinenage was reshuffled out of Government, the former Minister at the department responsible for gambling wasted no time taking a freebie from the industry body.

Of course, the Betting & Gaming Council had no interest in a review she had set up into the link between video games and problem gambling when it gifted her tickets to the Ivor Novello Awards worth £444…

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