President of the Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Ambassador.
Previous positions: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR (1986-1990); Soviet/Russian Ambassador to Italy (1990-1992); First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (1992-1994); Russian Ambassador to Great Britain (1994-1997); Minister of the Russian Federation for CIS Countries Cooperation (1997-1998); Vice President, International Affairs, “SISTEMA“ Joint-Stock Financial Corporation, Мoscow, Russia (1998-2005); Guest Scholar, Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program, U.S. Institute of Peace (2006-2007).
Holds the diplomatic rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.
Author of a number of scientific and journalistic papers on a wide range of international problems; memoirs; several books in Russian: “White Sun of Angola” (2001) and Italian: “The Sunset of the Great Empire”(1993).
Awarded with a number of medals and orders by Russian and foreign governments.
Participant of Annual Meetings: 2008, 2009
Participant of Russia - U.S. Section Conference “Rethinking Russia – U.S. Foreign Policy interests”, 2009
Proceeding from their current interests, more powerful countries often ignore the fact that, as a rule, there is no right or wrong party in domestic conflicts and civil wars; indeed, the responsibility often lies with both sides.
The situation around Syria, in which Russia is now playing a particularly active role, makes one wonder, again and again, whether diplomacy can, in fact, be effective these days. I used to tell younger diplomats at the Foreign Affairs Ministry what Lenin said that not more than 5 percent of the outcome of any foreign policy action depends on diplomats. The rest hangs on the balance of power. The bolder among them would respond: Is it worth the effort at 5 percent?
Russia can be deservedly proud that it achieved its main goals in 1992-1994. The methods employed were almost exclusively peaceful, despite attempts by both parties to drag Russia into the confrontation. By all standards, national reconciliation in Tajikistan remains a landmark event in the modern history of Russian diplomacy.