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Sergey Lavrov

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Sergey Lavrov

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Sergey Lavrov has served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation since March 9, 2004, when he was appointed to this post by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

Previously Mr. Lavrov has been serving as Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations from 1994 and was President of the United Nations Security Council in December 1995, June 1997, July 1998, October 1999, December 2000, April 2002 and June 2003.

In 1992-1994 Sergey Lavrov was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and before that in 1990-1992 he served as the Director of the Department of International Organizations and Global Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He also served as Deputy Head of the International Economic Relations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1988-1990.  Earlier in 1981 Sergey Lavrov was sent as a senior adviser to the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York and worked there until 1988.

Sergey Lavrov began his career in the diplomatic field in 1971 when he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and was sent as a diplomat to the Soviet Emassy in Sri Lanka, where he worked until 1976.  Later he worked in the Department of International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR between 1976 and 1981.

Mr. Lavrov has the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation and was decorated with a number of state awards.

He has a good command of English, French and Sinhalese, which he learned during his mission in Sri Lanka.

Sergey Lavrov is married and has a daughter.