|Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation|
|Preceded by||Vladimir Rushailo|
|Succeeded by||Valentin Sobolev|
|Foreign Minister of Russia|
|Preceded by||Yevgeny Primakov|
|Succeeded by||Sergey Lavrov|
September 23, 1945 |
Moscow, Soviet Union
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 action in Yugoslavia. He was also an opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Ivanov played a key role in mediating a deal between Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and opposition parties during Georgia's "Rose Revolution" in 2003.
On July 9, 2007 he submitted his resignation. On July 18, President Putin accepted Ivanov's resignation and appointed Valentin Sobolev as acting secretary, followed shortly by the appointment of Sergey Lavrov as foreign minister.
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.
In 2011 Ivanov became a member of the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Honours and awards
- Hero of the Russian Federation (27 October 1999)
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 2nd (1999) and 4th (1996) classes
- Order of the Badge of Honour (1988)
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow"
- Honoured Worker of the Diplomatic Service of the Russian Federation (2003)
- Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
- Grand Cross of the Order of San Carlos (2001, Colombia)
- Order of Friendship (Vietnam) (2001)
- Order of Saint Blessed Prince Vladimir, 2nd class (2003, Russian Orthodox Church)
- Commemorative Medal Gorchakov (2005, Russian MFA)
- "Silver Cross" of the Russian Biographical Institute (1999)
- Laureate of the "Man of the Year" (1999)
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