Member of the Federation Council of the RF Federal Assembly, Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs; deputy secretary of the presidium of the General Council of the United Russia party.
Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Holds a Ph.D. degree in Law.
Worked as interpreter/translator and diplomat in various MFA institutions in the USSR and Russia. Served as first secretary of the Russian embassy in Sweden. Served as counselor on international affairs for the RF Government.
In 1999, was elected a member of the State Duma. From 2003 to 2011, was Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs. From 2012 to 2014, was Head of the Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Expatriates, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo)
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%)