Andrey Gromyko is a Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1957–1985 and a Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet in 1985–1988. Gromyko was accountable for many top decisions on Soviet foreign policy until he retired in 1988. In the West he was given the nickname Mr. Nyet ("Mr. No"). Nevertheless, an article written in 1981 in “The Times” said, "He is one of the most active and efficient members of the Soviet leadership. A man with an excellent memory, a keen intellect and extraordinary endurance (...) Maybe Andrey is the most informed Minister for Foreign affairs in the world". So, he was respected.