Anatoly Antonov celebrates 65th anniversary!


Today, May 15, is anniversary of Anatoly I. Antonov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the United States, a friend of the PIR Center for more than 20 years. He is turning 65 years old.

PIR Center team expresses our sincere congratulations to Anatoly I. Antonov on the 65th anniversary! 

Our team is proud that for more than two decades we have been closely and, most importantly, productively interacting with Amb. Antonov. We are grateful to him for unstinting good support of our endeavors. We greatly appreciate our time-tested cooperation.

Russia and the entire world know Amb. Antonov as an excellent negotiator and diplomat. Thanks in large part to his valiant efforts, the New START Treaty without which it is inconceivable to imagine the modern architecture of arms control and global security, was created and is safe and sound. We are inspired by his efforts to safeguard world peace by preserving key elements of arms control. This is a prime example for the young generation of PIR members.

We also know and appreciate Amb. Antonov as both a Scientist and a Professor. And this is not about official academic degrees. He is a talented scientist in the field of political sciences and international relations, and his work “Arms Control: History, Status, Prospects” has been a required reading for the young generation of Russian specialists in this field for 8 years now, it is included in the compulsory reading list for university master's programmes. We remember how wonderful, easily and at the same time thoughtfully Amb. Antonov communicated with participants of the PIR Summer Schools, whether in an informal setting in Abramtsevo or in halls of the Ministry of Defense. His openness in communicating and co-operating with young people is captivating. And we know that it will still be in demand, because it just cannot be otherwise.

We are certain that his invaluable experience and superior professional qualities will continue to serve as his  faithful allies in responsible and honorable work for the benefit of the Russian Federation and security throughout the world. 

May we express to the anniversary celebrant our best wishes for good health, unyielding energy, success in the field of diplomatic work and human happiness!

Anatoly Ivanovich, happy anniversary to you!