On Diplomatic Service from 1955.
Worked at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID), 1960-1963 and 1968-1978. 1st Secretary, and Councillor at the Soviet Embassy in Paris, 1963-1968. In 1978, appointed Ambassador to Spain.
After A. Dobrynin’s return to Moscow, took over as Soviet Ambassador to the USA. Took part in the negotiations on the removal of intermediate-range nuclear missiles from Europe.