48 Facts About Sergei Lavrov


Sergey Viktorovich Sergei Lavrov is a Russian diplomat and politician who has served as the Foreign Minister of Russia since 2004.

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Sergei Lavrov served as the Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations from 1994 to 2004.

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Sergei Lavrov was born on 21 March 1950 in Moscow, to an Armenian father from Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, and a Russian mother from Noginsk, Russian SFSR.

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Sergei Lavrov's mother worked in the Soviet Ministry for Foreign Trade.

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Sergei Lavrov was employed in the Soviet embassy in Sri Lanka as an advisor, as he was already a specialist on the country.

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Sergei Lavrov was given the task of continuously analysing the situation in the country, but he worked as a translator, personal secretary and assistant to Rafiq Nishonov, who would later become the 12th First Secretary of the Communist Party of Uzbek SSR.

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Sergei Lavrov worked as a third and second secretary in the Section for International Economic Relations of the USSR.

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In 1988, Sergei Lavrov returned to Moscow and was named Deputy Chief of the Section for International Economic Relations of the USSR.

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In 1992, Sergei Lavrov was named director of the Department for International Organizations and Global Issues in the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation.

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Sergei Lavrov was asked to oversee the activities of the Human Rights and International Cultural Cooperation and the two departments – for the CIS countries, international organizations and international economic cooperation.

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Sergei Lavrov was promoted to the diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary — the highest diplomatic rank in the Russian Federation — by the Decree of the President of Russia of 5 June 1992 No 568.

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Sergei Lavrov worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1994 when he returned to work in the United Nations, this time as the Permanent Representative of Russia.

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Sergei Lavrov held on to his position through Vladimir Putin's Second Cabinet while Dmitri Medvedev occupied the presidency from 2008 to 2012.

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On 21 May 2012, Sergei Lavrov was reappointed foreign minister to the cabinet led by prime minister Dimitri Medvedev.

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Sergei Lavrov is regarded as continuing in the style of his predecessor: a brilliant diplomat but a civil servant rather than a politician.

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US politicians have been much more critical in their appraisal of Sergei Lavrov, seeing him as emblematic of President Putin's resurgent violent foreign policies.

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In September 2013, then Secretary of State John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov reached a breakthrough agreement that would destroy almost all chemical weapons stored in Assad's Syria.

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In October 2019, Sergei Lavrov condemned Donald Trump's decision to send American troops to guard Syria's oil fields and possibly exploit them, saying that any "exploitation of natural resources of a sovereign state without its consent is illegal".

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Sergei Lavrov stressed federalism as a solution to the constitutional impasse in Ukraine, and deplored the de-officialisation of the Russian language.

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Sergei Lavrov noticed the work of the secretariat of the Council of Europe at the Venice Commission to prevent a legitimation of the Crimean referendum, and to expel Russia.

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Sergei Lavrov was "taken aback" when US President Barack Obama called Russia a "regional power".

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Sergei Lavrov stated that the Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv and the results of the Crimean referendum should both be accepted equally by the West.

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Sergei Lavrov reiterated the three-part Russian proposal for the progress of Ukraine:.

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Sergei Lavrov criticized US sanctions against countries like Iran, Turkey and Russia.

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Sergei Lavrov said that US Congress "is literally overwhelmed with the desire to do everything to destroy" the US–Russia relations.

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Sergei Lavrov condemned Ukraine's 2017 education law, which makes Ukrainian the only language of education in state schools.

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In 2021, Sergei Lavrov was critical of a massive NATO-led military exercise called Defender-Europe 21, one of the largest NATO-led military exercises in Europe in decades, which began in March 2021.

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Sergei Lavrov denied that Russia has any plans to invade Ukraine.

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On 25 February 2022, the day after Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Sergei Lavrov claimed that Putin ordered the invasion to "free Ukrainians from oppression".

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On 2 March 2022, Sergei Lavrov explained in an interview with Al Jazeera, Moscow, how the invasion of Ukraine came about in the context of an international crisis that already existed well before 2014.

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Sergei Lavrov continued that Zelenskyy did not improve the situation any further, and that Putin had to order the invasion of Ukraine, because the US did not comply or even address the security concerns of Russia's western flank.

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Sergei Lavrov claimed the US exerted similar pressures on Iraq in 2003, which the US invaded later for no reason other than "a vial of unidentified chemicals".

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On 1 May 2022, in an interview with the Italian television broadcaster Rete 4, Sergei Lavrov was asked why Russia claimed it needed to "denazify" Ukraine, considering the Ukrainian president himself was Jewish.

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On 14 May 2022, Sergei Lavrov used the phrase "total hybrid war" in the course of describing the West's efforts to help Ukraine combat the 2022 Russian invasion.

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Sergei Lavrov was asked about a report by the United Nations on an incident involving the Russian military in Yahidne, Ukraine.

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On 8 July 2022 Sergei Lavrov left the G20 summit of foreign ministers in Bali, Indonesia because he disliked the questions about Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

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Sergei Lavrov left when German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock began her formal address.

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On 20 July 2022 Sergei Lavrov publicly confirmed that Russia had as a goal not only to "liberate" the Donbas region, but to occupy the Kherson region, the Zaporizhzhia region and several other territories, supposedly as a response to Ukraine receiving weapons support from abroad.

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On 11 September 2022, Sergei Lavrov said that he has not given up on the idea of peace talks with Kyiv.

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One week before the 2022 Russian mobilization, Sergei Lavrov assured the Russians that there would be no mobilization or martial law.

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On 23 September 2022, Lavrov attended the annual U N General Assembly meeting in NYC, after he received permission to travel to the United States.

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Sergei Lavrov attempted to convince the audience that 'countries supplying weapons to Ukraine and training its soldiers were parties to the conflict'.

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Sergei Lavrov said that Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine would be under Russia's "full protection" if they are annexed by Russia.

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Sergei Lavrov likes to watch soccer games on television and is an ardent fan of the Moscow club Spartak.

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Sergei Lavrov has been married since 1971 to Maria Lavrova and they have one daughter and two grandchildren.

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Sergei Lavrov has allegedly had a relationship with his mistress, Svetlana Polyakova, since the early 2000s.

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Sergei Lavrov is under personal sanctions in the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia for his role in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Sergei Lavrov would be relentlessly berating and browbeating and sarcastic and nasty.

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