Minister permanent Affairs
Sergey Lavrov, tipped old position in the new government.
Personnel changes in the leadership of the Ministry of foreign Affairs scheduled for may 7 presidential inauguration, apparently, should not be expected. Contrary to some media reports about the imminent resignation of Sergei Lavrov, the majority of respondents “Kommersant” sources close to the Kremlin, the government and the Ministry of foreign Affairs, agree that the current Minister will retain the post. Interlocutors “” specify that all, of course, decides President Vladimir Putin, but make it clear: there is no evidence of impending change, nor any reason for them.
After the publication of the proposed date of the approval of the Prime Minister have intensified the debate about the future composition of the Cabinet of Ministers. “Kommersant” interviewed more than a dozen sources close to the presidential administration, the government office and the Ministry of foreign Affairs about the probability of change of the head of the foreign Ministry. The vast majority of them no changes expected.
According to their forecasts, Sergei Lavrov will retain his post and will remain there if not six years, then at least two to three years.
68-year-old Sergey Lavrov-Minister of foreign Affairs for 14 years. In recent weeks two of the TV channel “Rain” and RTVi — announced his imminent resignation. According to the latter, the Minister “for several years, wants to leave the post, primarily because of fatigue, but at the urging of Vladimir Putin finalized before the presidential elections.”
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the news, urged “not to pay attention to speculation.” The official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova called this post “part of the nasty provocation.”
Yesterday, the Russian foreign Ministry “Kommersant” did not comment on the question about the likelihood of personnel changes in the Department, citing the fact that the Minister himself has spoken on this topic. Recall, at the January press conference on the results of the 2017 journalist bi-Bi-si Pyotr Kozlov asked Sergey Lavrov, what will happen when the government will resign, and whether he will continue work on the post. The foreign Minister replied:
We have the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which clearly determines the order of formation of the government. I assure you that this order will be preserved fully. As for me, I’m not used to doing something, besides to provide the most effective work of our Ministry. Now this is my main goal.Sergei Europeanists of foreign Affairs of Russia
Sergey Lavrov was born on 21 March 1950 in Moscow. In 1972 he graduated from the MGIMO. After the University sent an Intern at the Soviet Embassy in Sri Lanka, where he received the rank of attache. In 1976 he returned to Moscow, worked in the Department of international economic organizations Ministry of foreign Affairs of the USSR. In 1981, sent to US by the first Secretary and then Counsellor of the permanent mission of the USSR to the UN.
In 1988 returned to the Central office of the Ministry of foreign Affairs on a post of the Deputy chief of Department of international economic relations. In 1990 he headed the Department of international organizations and global issues Ministry of foreign Affairs. April 1992 — Deputy head of the Russian foreign Ministry, Andrei Kozyrev, was in charge of the Department for CIS Affairs and of international organizations. In July 1994 he was appointed permanent representative of Russia to the UN. On March 9, 2004 — Minister of foreign Affairs. Has the rank of Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Awarded an order of Honor, “For merits before Fatherland” I, II, III and IV degrees. Speaks English, French and Sinhalese. He enjoys rafting, football, and writing poetry. Married, has a daughter.
According to the Constitution, the President of the Russian Federation “on the proposal of the Chairman of the government appoints and dismisses the Deputy Prime Ministers and Federal Ministers”.
However, Kommersant’s sources say that the question of who will occupy the post of foreign Minister, “is all about Vladimir Putin personally”. The interlocutors of “Kommersant” noted that the evidence of any imminent radical change no.
“In today’s international environment change of the foreign Minister would be illogical. Lavrov — the most experienced of all the current Ministers of foreign Affairs. And then change the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs may be someone perceived as recognition of the government’s mistakes in foreign policy,” says one source close to the Kremlin. “Horses in midstream is not” — philosophically says another official.
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