I believe in the majority of states that are Russia's partners, people are pragmatic, able to sort the wheat from the chaff. They treat carefully every issue on the agendaRussia: Remember, West, you're 'pragmatic' Jan 13, 2011
If negotiations between NATO and Russia will only be used as a cover for a NATO-American missile defense system that ignores the Russian interests then, of course, we will have no choice but to take adequate measures to protect ourselvesRussia, NATO discuss joint defense system Feb 03, 2011
When radical approaches to signing a peace treaty take over in Japan ... then talks have no prospectsLavrov: Peace talks with Tokyo futile Feb 11, 2011
We will certainly be ready to discuss our further cooperation in economic development, particularly in Europe and EurasiaU.N.'s Ban Ki-moon in Moscow for talks Apr 22, 2011
We have strong hope that decisions made during the Washington meeting of the Quartet will help create circumstances for the resumption of the talks aimed at creating an independent, integral, sovereign and democratic Palestinian state to live in peace and security alongside IsraelPalestinian Authority lays out peace steps Jul 05, 2011
Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov (Russian: Серге́й Ви́кторович Лавро́в, born 21 March 1950) is the Foreign Minister of Russia. Prior to that, Lavrov was a Soviet diplomat and Russia's ambassador to the United Nations from 1994 to 2004. Lavrov speaks Russian, English, French and Sinhala.
Lavrov was born in Moscow to an Armenian father and Russian mother from Georgia. He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1972. He was sent as a Soviet diplomat to Sri Lanka, where he worked until 1976. He then returned to Moscow and worked in the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1981, he was sent as a senior adviser to the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York City, and worked there until 1988. He worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1994, when he returned to work in the United Nations, this time as the Permanent Representative of Russia. While in the latter position, he was President of the United Nations Security Council in December 1995, June 1997, July 1998, October 1999, December 2000, April 2002, and June 2003.