Lavrov has been into diplomacy since 1972, for almost 50 years.Some background?
He was First Secretary, Advisor and then Senior Advisor at the United Nations for the Soviet Union in 1981.
Various other posts later..
President of United Nations Security Council 7 times.
Appointed as Foreign Minister of Russia on March 9, 2004 by President Vladimir Putin. He was reappointed in 2012 by Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev and has held this office longer than any other minister in Russian history.