Anatoly Antonov

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Anatoly Antonov
Анатолий Иванович Антонов
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Russian Ambassador to the United States
Designate
Taking office
1 September 2017
President Vladimir Putin
Succeeding Sergey Kislyak
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
28 December 2016
Minister Sergey Lavrov
Deputy Minister of Defence
In office
2 February 2011 – 28 December 2016
Minister Sergey Shoygu
Personal details
Born Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov
(1955-05-15) 15 May 1955 (age 62)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, USSR
Alma mater Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Awards Merit for Motherland (4th grade)
Order of Honour
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
 Russia
Service/branch Banner of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (obverse).svg Russian Armed Forces
Years of service 1990 — present
Rank General of the Army

Anatoly Ivanovich Antonov (Russian: Анато́лий Ива́нович Анто́нов; IPA: [ɐnɐˈtolʲɪj ɪˈvanəvʲɪt͡ɕ ɐnˈtonəf]) is a Russian politician, military officer and diplomat. He is currently the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and previously, he was Deputy Minister of Defence. In May 2017, he was approved to replace Sergey Kislyak as the next Russian Ambassador to the United States.[1][2] He take post on 1 September 2017.[3]

Since 2015, Antonov has been under European Union sanctions in response to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Antonov was born on 15 May 1955 in Omsk, USSR.[5] He graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1983.[5]

Career[edit]

For 30 years, Antonov worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2004, he became the Director of the Department for Security and Disarmament at the same place. On 2 February 2011, he was promoted by a Presidential Decree to become Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.[5]

As Deputy Minister of Defense, he was personally sanctioned by the European Union following Russia's military intervention in Ukraine. He had accused NATO in December 2014 of turning Ukraine into a "frontline of confrontation" with Russia.[4]

On 28 December 2016, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.[6]

In March 2017, he was named as one of the candidates for the post of Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations, after the death of Vitaly Churkin.[7] However, in the end, it was decided to appoint Vasily Nebenzya to this post.

Ambassador to the United States[edit]

Nomination and confirmation[edit]

Antonov is considered a hardliner against the West, earning him a reputation as a "bull terrier."[8] In early autumn 2016, he was considered for the post Russian Ambassador to the United States as the Kremlin assumed that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election and, therefore, bilateral relations would remain strained. However, despite the fact that Donald Trump won the election, Antonov was still chosen to take over the post from Sergey Kislyak, who had been the ambassador since 2008. In February 2017, Antonov was named the main candidate for this post.[9][10] On 11 May 2017, the Russian Foreign Ministry formally submitted Antonov to the Federal Assembly,[11] which approved him on 18 May following a closed session of the State Duma's foreign policy committee.[12]

Confirmation Process
Voting Body Vote Date Vote Results
State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs 15 – 19 May 2017
Full
Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs 22 – 26 May 2017
Full

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Бывшего замминистра обороны готовили послом в Вашингтон на случай победы Клинтон" (in Russian). NBN. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Источник: комитет Госдумы утвердил кандидатуру Анатолия Антонова на пост посла РФ в США" (in Russian). TASS. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Новый посол России в США Анатолий Антонов заступит на пост 1 сентября
  4. ^ a b Macdonald, Alastair (6 February 2015). "EU sanctions to target Russian deputy defence minister". Reuters. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Anatoly Antonov". Ministry of Defense. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Замминистра Антонов вернулся из Минобороны в МИД РФ". Izvestiya (in Russian). 29 December 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Песков: кандидатура на пост постпреда РФ при ООН пока не определена". Izvestiya (in Russian). 14 March 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Russia Confirms 'Bull-Terrier' Ambassador to Washington". The Moscow Times. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  9. ^ Safronov, Ivan; Chernenko, Yelena (6 February 2017). "Непереводимая игра послов". Kommersant (in Russian). Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov Named Russian Ambassador to U.S.". The Moscow Times. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Ivanov, Maxim; Chernenko, Yelena (18 May 2017). "Анатолий Антонов ждет парламентского агремана". Kommersant (in Russian). Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Источник: комитет Госдумы одобрил кандидатуру Анатолия Антонова на пост посла России в США". Gazeta.ru (in Russian). 18 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

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