Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak

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Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak
Серге́й Иванович Кисляк
Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak 2016.jpg
Kislyak in December 2016
Russian Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
26 July 2008
President Dmitry Medvedev
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Yuri Ushakov
Succeeded by Anatoly Antonov (pending State Duma confirmation)
Russian Ambassador to Belgium
In office
25 February 1998 – 28 May 2003
President Boris Yeltsin
Preceded by Vitaly Churkin
Succeeded by Yury Alekseyevich Glukhov
Personal details
Born (1950-09-07) 7 September 1950 (age 66)
Nationality Russian
Children 1
Alma mater Moscow Engineering Physics Institute

Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak (Russian: Сергей Иванович Кисляк; IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej ɪˈvanəvʲɪtɕ kʲɪˈslʲak]; born 7 September 1950) is a Russian diplomat, and has served as Russia's Ambassador to the United States since 2008.

Life and career[edit]

After graduating from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973 and the USSR Academy of Foreign Trade in 1977, Kislyak joined the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]

From 1981 to 1985, Kislyak was the Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Soviet Union to the United Nations in New York City. From 1985 to 1989, Kislyak was First Secretary, Counsellor at the Embassy of the Soviet Union in Washington, D.C.

From 1989 to 1991, Kislyak was Deputy Director of the Department of International Organisations at the Soviet Foreign Ministry. From 1991 to 1993, Kislyak was Deputy Director of the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 1995, Kislyak was Director of the Department of International Scientific and Technical Cooperation. From 1995 to 1998, Kislyak was Director of the Department of Security Affairs and Disarmament at the Russian Foreign Ministry.[1]

In 1998, Kislyak was the Ambassador of Russia to Belgium with a residence in Brussels, and he also served as Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO.[1]

From 2003 to 2008, Kislyak served as Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kislyak became the Ambassador of Russia to the United States on 26 July 2008, and was appointed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.[2]

On 29 December 2016, the same day that the United States announced new sanctions against Russia for interfering with the US election, Kislyak and then-US National Security Advisor designate Michael Flynn had multiple phone conversations.[3] The phone calls are the subject of an investigation by US counterintelligence agents. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated in early January 2017 that the calls related to arranging a conversation between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.[3] On February 13, 2017, Michael Flynn resigned from his position as National Security Advisor.


  1. ^ a b c "Sergey I. KISLYAK". Russia Profile. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  2. ^ "УКАЗ Президента РФ от 26.07.2008 N 1122" (in Russian). Presidential Press and Information Office. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b Lee, Carol E.; Barrett, Devlin; Harris, Shane (23 January 2017). "U.S. Eyes Michael Flynn's Links to Russia". Wall Street Journal.