Sergei Ivanov
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"Sergei Borisovich Ivanov" is a Russian senior official and statesman. He was Minister of Defense of Russia from March 2001 to February 2007, Deputy Prime Minister from November 2005 to February 2007, and the First Deputy Prime Minister from February 2007 to May 2008. After the Russian presidential election, 2008/election of Dmitry Medvedev as President of Russia, Ivanov was reappointed a deputy prime minister in Vladimir Putin's Second Cabinet/Vladimir Putin's second government. In December 2011 he was appointed Presidential Administration of Russia/Chief of Staff Presidential Administration of Russia.

Before joining the federal administration in Moscow, Ivanov, a fluent speaker of English language/English—served in the Soviet Union as a specialist in law and foreign languages, both at home and abroad (in Europe and Africa) from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. In 1975, Ivanov graduated from the Department of Philology at Leningrad State University, where he studied English and Swedish, and later completed postgraduate studies in counterintelligence and law in Minsk, where he became a friend of his colleague Vladimir Putin. From July 1998 through August 1999 Ivanov served as a deputy to Vladimir Putin.

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We offered the United States our help the first day of the disaster.

Lowering the threshold for use of atomic weapons is in itself dangerous.

There is no better advertisement for our arms and military hardware than a real demonstration of their capabilities in the course of practical exercises.

We are also ready for an immediate start to official talks with the United States on SALT 3.

The destruction of the 1972 ABM Treaty will result in the annihilation of the whole structure of strategic stability and create prerequisites for a new arms race including one in outer space.

Around the end of January 2006 we shall send a group of ships from our Black Sea fleet to take part.

The situation in North Korea is the obvious example because the situation a year ago seemed much worse than today.

Such plans do not limit, but in fact promote efforts by others to develop (nuclear weapons).

A scrupulous investigation into the accident has been conducted within a month's time, as was promised. It was established that outrageous violation of the instructions by senior officials of the Russian Pacific Fleet was the main cause of wrong 'swimming and diving rounds'.