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Sergey Lavrov

Sergey Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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Short biography

Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov is the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

Brief biography

Sergey Lavrov was born in Moscow on March 21, 1950.

He received his higher education at MGIMO under the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Lavrov began his diplomatic career at the Soviet Embassy on the island of Sri Lanka, initially as a trainee, and later as attaché.

In 1981, Lavrov's career took off and he moved to the United States, to the post of senior counselor at the USSR Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Later, in 1988, Lavrov moved to the Office of International Economic Organizations, where he served first as deputy chief and later as its direct head.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sergey Lavrov remained at the newly created Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation. For two years he served as Deputy Foreign Minister, and in 1994 he became Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in general and to the UN Security Council in particular. Lavrov served as postpresident for the next ten years.

In 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Sergey Lavrov as Russia's new foreign minister.

Dmitry Medvedev, when he became president in 2008, also left Lavrov as minister. The same thing happened during Vladimir Putin's two subsequent elections, in 2012 and 2018.

Lavrov's Mats.

Sergey Lavrov is notorious in global diplomacy as a completely intemperate man who does not shy away from using foul language at press conferences and during negotiations.

  • In 2008, during a telephone conversation, Sergey Lavrov insulted his interlocutor, the British Foreign Secretary, with the phrase "Who the fuck are you to lecture me?!"

  • In 2015, at a press conference with representatives of Saudi Arabia, he commented on the Arabian diplomat's speech with the phrase "Fuckingmorons."

  • In an interview with Ivan Urgant, Sergey Lavrov himself admitted that he repeatedly swore in Russian in the presence of foreign diplomats, taking advantage of their lack of knowledge of Russian.

Sergey Lavrov's family

The diplomat is married. Sergey Lavrov's wife is Maria. Sergey Lavrov has a daughter - Ekaterina Vinokurova. Lavrov's daughter was born and raised in the United States and studied at Columbia University. These facts are often recalled in the context of Sergey Lavrov's statements about the "Russian world," "spiritual crosses" and the need for universal patriotism.

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