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NYET (nyet)

No, in a pronunciation meant to sound Russian.
Common clues:
Turndown overseas; Politburo vote; Muscovite’s negative; Russian refusal; Da's opposite; Nikita's no; Putin's refusal; Refusenik's refusal; Duma denial
Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year
Nancy Reagan “Just Say No!” at 1988 World Series

Andrei Gromyko: “Mr. Nyet”

Gromyko entered the department of the foreign affairs in 1939 after Joseph Stalin's purges in the section responsible for the Americas. He was soon sent to the United States and worked in the Soviet embassy there until 1943, when he was appointed the Soviet ambassador to the United States. He played an important role in coordinating the wartime alliance between the two nations and was prominent at events such as the Yalta Conference. He became known as an expert negotiator. In the West, Mr. Gromyko received a nickname "Mr. Nyet" (Mr. No) or "Comrade Nyet" or "Grim Grom" for his obstinate negotiating style. He was removed from his Washington post on April 10, 1946 in order to be able to devote his full attention to UN matters.

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