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Igor Ivanov

In office
2004 – 2007
President Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Vladimir Rushailo
Succeeded by Valentin Sobolev

In office
1998 – 2004
President Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Yevgeny Primakov
Succeeded by Sergey Lavrov

Born September 23, 1945 (1945-09-23) (age 64)
Moscow, Soviet Union

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov (Russian: И́горь Серге́евич Ивано́в) (b. September 23, 1945 in Moscow) became the Russian Foreign Minister in 1998, succeeding Yevgeny Primakov.

He is the son of a Russian father and a Georgian mother. 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. 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.

Ivanov was succeeded to the post of foreign minister by Sergey Lavrov in 2004, and appointed by President Vladimir Putin to the post of Secretary of the Security Council (national security advisor).

On July 9, 2007 he submitted his resignation.[1] On July 18, President Putin accepted Ivanov's resignation and appointed KGB veteran Valentin Sobolev as acting secretary.

Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University). Member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, Member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.


  1. ^ Russia: Security Council Official Resigns, Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, July 10, 2007.


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