Worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID), 1957-1959. Attache, 3rd then 2nd secretary at USSR Embassy in Italy, 1959-1965. 2nd, then 1st secretary, councillor and consultant in the 1st European Dept, of the MID, 1965-1971.
Senior councillor. Head of the Administration for Planning of Foreign Policy Measures in the MID, 1973-1978. Head of the 1st European Department, 1978-1986. Deputy Foreign Minister of the USSR from May 1986.