John Kerry’s ‘affection’ for Dunkin’ Donuts transcends international borders

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Moscow on Tuesday, negotiating with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the best tact to end the conflict in Syria.

But during a break in the talks, the displaced Massachusettsan stumbled upon a reminder of home during a walk in downtown Moscow.

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Upon seeing the Dunkin’ Donuts, one of 30 Russian locations, Kerry laughed and asked a staff member to snap a quick photo, senior advisor Glen Johnson told Boston.com in an email.

This isn’t the first time Kerry has found the Canton-based chain while traveling abroad. During a trip to Islamabad, Kerry stopped by a Dunkins and bought a dozen doughnuts for Embassy staffers with then-Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson.


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“His affection for his hometown company has been evident with his stops at the shop in Islamabad,’’ said Johnson, as well as stops to the recently-opened Dunkin’ Donuts in the State Department’s headquarters in Washington.

The Boston Globereported at the time in September that the new Foggy Bottom location had become “a gathering spot for New England natives all around the State Department.’’[fragment number=3]

According to Johnson, Kerry “is known to sneak down before his daily Senior Staff meeting to buy a powdered sugar doughnut for himself.’’

Kerry visiting the new Dunkin’ Donuts inside the State Department with his office manager, Natick native Claire Coleman (right).


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