President of the Russian International Affairs Council. Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian Federation Ministry of Foreign Affairs (RF MFA). Russian Academy of Sciences Corresponding Member. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation.
Graduated from the Maurice Thorez Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages. Speaks Spanish and English.
Conducted academic research at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Worked in the European department of the USSR MFA, and was later posted in Spain (in the roles of first secretary, then counselor, then counselor-envoy).
From 1983 to 1991, served in the MFA as assistant to the USSR Minister of Foreign Affairs, then First Deputy Head of the General Secretariat of the USSR MFA, then Head of the General Secretariat of the USSR MFA.
From 1991 to 1993, Soviet Ambassador and then Russian Federation Ambassador to Spain.
In 1993, appointed First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. From 1998 to 2004, RF Minister of Foreign Affairs.
From 2004 to 2007, Secretary of the RF Security Council. In 2011, appointed President of the Russian International Affairs Council non-profit partnership, established by order of the President of the Russian Federation.
Author of books and articles on the history of international relations and Russian foreign policy.
Recipient of state awards from Russia and foreign countries.