After 1984 served mostly abroad. In 1984, diplomatic relations were reestablished between the Soviet and the Egyptian government (severed in 1978), and Belonogov was appointed Ambassador to Egypt, a post he held until 1986. In 1986-1990 served as Permanent Representative of the USSR to the UN. In 1990-1992 served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs at a time the Soviet Union was officially dissolved. In 1992-1998 served as Russian Ambassador to Canada. In 1998 retired from active service.