Rector of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Dr. Sc. (Law), Professor. Since 1976, he has held various diplomatic positions at the Central Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and abroad. Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia (2005–2011), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom (2011–2019). Author of several books on international space law, as well as more than 200 publications on international relations and foreign policy, science, education, and culture including: “2023: A New Global Financial Architecture on the Horizon?”, “The World has Entered a Phase of Searching for a New Balance of Development”, “The Realities of the New World Order”, “25 Trends in Contemporary International Relations and Global Development”, and others. Member of the Scientific Council of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the collegium of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tatarstan, member of the Space Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences, full member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL, Paris), International Academy of Astronautics (IAA, Paris). Professor Emeritus of the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). Awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, Order of Honor, Order of Friendship, Medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland I and II degrees, Diplomas of the President of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Russian Federation.