Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation (RF) to the Holy See and RF Representative to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
Served at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was posted overseas on various diplomatic missions. From 1998 to 2002, served as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. Participant of various OSCE international fora. Later, was appointed Russian Ambassador to France.
In 2008, was appointed Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.
In 2012, resumed diplomatic career. In 2013, was appointed Russian Ambassador to the
Vatican and RF Representative to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta by order of the President of the Russian Federation.
Member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy and member of the board of trustees of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the RF MFA.
Author of academic papers published in professional journals.
Laureate of the “Best Persons of Letters of Russia” award.
Recipient of state awards.
Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal 36 (35%) Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions 27 (26%) While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution 22 (21%) Armed conflict still cannot be avoided 12 (12%) Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region 4 (4%) Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea 2 (2%)