Sergei Ryabkov

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sergei Ryabkov
Сергей Рябков
Ryabkov in 2016
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
15 August 2008
Prime MinisterVladimir Putin
Dmitry Medvedev
Mikhail Mishustin
MinisterSergei Lavrov
Personal details
Born (1960-07-08) 8 July 1960 (age 63)
Leningrad, Soviet Union

Sergei Alexeyevich Ryabkov (Russian: Сергей Алексеевич Рябков; born 8 July 1960) is a Russian diplomat, currently serving as the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation since 2008.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ryabkov was born in Leningrad in 1960. At age 22, in 1982, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Upon graduation, he immediately joined the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Political career[edit]

Ryabkov meets with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Geneva on 28 July 2021

In 1995, he worked in the Foreign Ministry's Department of European Co-operation. In 2002, he worked as Minister-Counselor at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC. In 2006, he returned to Moscow and was appointed head of his former department (the Department of European Co-operation). He was designated Deputy Foreign Minister in 2008.

On 28 December 2021, U.S. and Russia announced bilateral talks would take place in Geneva on 10 January 2022, to discuss concerns about their respective military activity and to confront rising tensions over Ukraine.[2] The talks were led by Ryabkov and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman.[3] Ryabkov said Russia has "no intention of attacking, staging an offensive on or invading Ukraine."[4] Asked about the possibility of Russian military deployment to Cuba or Venezuela, Ryabkov said "it all depends on the actions by our US counterparts".[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ryabkov speaks English fluently and frequently gives interviews to English-speaking media organizations. Ryabkov, for example, often appears on the channel RT. He often speaks for the Foreign Ministry in commenting on nuclear and other disarmament negotiations, specifically such things as the New START treaty.

He is married and has two children.[6]


  1. ^ "Biography for Sergey Ryabkov - Silobreaker". Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  2. ^ Hunnicutt, Trevor; Osborn, Andrew (28 December 2021). "U.S., Russia set for Jan 10 security talks amid Ukraine tensions". Reuters.
  3. ^ "Deputy Secretary Sherman's Meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov". U.S. Department of State. 9 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Joe Biden thinks Russia will attack Ukraine – but will face a 'stiff price'". The Guardian. 20 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Russia's talk of troops in Latin America called 'bluster'". Associated Press. 14 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Ryabkov Sergey Alexeevich". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Retrieved 10 January 2022.

External links[edit]