Igor S. Ivanov

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Moscow, Soviet Union
Alma materMoscow State Linguistic University
Member ofEuropean Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation, European Leadership Network, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Russia/Deep state
Decidedly pro-Western former Russian Foreign Minister

Employment.png Foreign Minister of Russia

In office
30 September 1998 - 24 February 2004

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov is a Russian politician who was Foreign Minister of Russia from 1998 to 2004, and belongs to the "pro-Western" camp in Russian politics.

Early life

Ivanov was born in 1945 in Moscow to a Russian father and a Georgian mother (Elena Sagirashvili). In 1969 he graduated at the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages (Moscow State Linguistic University). He joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry in 1973 and spent a decade in Spain. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1983. In 1991 he became the ambassador in Madrid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 11, 1998. As Russian foreign minister, Ivanov was an opponent of NATO's war against the Yugoslavia in Kosovo. When Russian troops entered Kosovo ahead of NATO "peacekeepers", Ivanov opposed it, and said the move was "unfortunate mistake"[1], but was made "at the highest level." (The decision, which secured a Russian say in the region, was in fact made by the still unknown Vladimir Putin).

He was also an opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but the opposition did not go beyond words.

Ivanov played a key role in mediating a deal between Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and opposition parties during Georgia's "Rose Revolution" in 2003. Shevardnadze resigned and the new government pursued a decidedly pro-Western foreign policy and declared NATO and EU integration as its main priority, before going to war against Russia in 2008.


Ivanov was succeeded to the post of foreign minister by Sergey Lavrov in 2004, and appointed by President Vladimir Putin to the post of Secretary of the Security Council, followed shortly by the appointment of Sergey Lavrov as foreign minister.

On 9 July 2007 he submitted his resignation.[2] On 18 July, President Putin accepted Ivanov's resignation and appointed Valentin Sobolev as acting secretary,

Ivanov is professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe and member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation. Igor Ivanov is the President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).[3]

In 2011 Ivanov became a member of the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice and in 2014 worked for Dutch-financed newspaper The Moscow Times.[4]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/201231 May 20123 June 2012US
The 58th Bilderberg, in Chantilly, Virginia. Unusually just 4 years after an earlier Bilderberg meeting there.