Lavrov set for another term as Russia’s foreign minister

During Lavrov’s tenure in 2004, he has been one of the most visible and vocal defenders of Russia’s foreign policy positions through numerous international crises and conflicts.

Sergey Lavrov, the long-serving face of Russian diplomacy, has taken the first step towards another term as the country’s Foreign Minister, entering the Federation Council on Monday for consultations about his reappointment.

The 72-year-old veteran diplomat arrived at the Federation Council in Moscow, where the International Affairs committee will review his nomination by President Vladimir Putin. While the proceedings are a formality, they allow for discussion over Lavrov’s 19 years as Russia’s top diplomat.

During his tenure in 2004, Lavrov has been one of the most visible and vocal defenders of Russia’s foreign policy positions through numerous international crises and conflicts. He served as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1994 to 2004 before being appointed Foreign Minister.

Lavrov has been unwavering in his support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, echoing Putin’s rhetoric about the “special military operation” being an existential necessity to combat Western influence. He has accused the U.S. and NATO of waging a “proxy war” in Ukraine by providing military aid to Kyiv.

“The Ukrainian crisis was prepared by the collective West over decades,” Lavrov said in remarks to the U.N. Human Rights Council in April, defending Russia’s actions.

On the global stage, Lavrov has sought to portray Russia as a counterbalance to U.S. power and its ally in promoting a “multi-polar” world order. He has fostered closer ties between Russia and China while keeping open channels of communication with nations opposed to the Ukraine invasion.

Barring a surprise rejection by the Federation Council’s committee, Lavrov is expected to be approved for another term as Foreign Minister in the coming days. With his renowned stance, he looks set to continue as the unyielding voice of Putin’s Russia to the world amid deepening tensions with the West.