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MOSCOW, February 10 /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has covered more than 3 million kilometers by plane during his business trips, the Russian daily newspaper Kommersant wrote on February 9.
Lavrov has flown approximately 4,284 hours (or 178.5 days) since March 2004 until today, a source at the Russian Foreign Ministry press and information department told TASS. He has covered a distance of 3.358.363 kilometers, which is equal to 83 revolutions round the Earth.
Kommersant noted that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was an absolute leader among the last three U.S. secretaries of state by the number of hours spent in flights and kilometers travelled. He has flown 2,198 hours (91 days) covering a distance of 1.623.804 kilometers since February 2013. His predecessor Hillary Clinton flew 1.539.712 kilometers in 2009-2013 while Condoleezza Rice covered 1.620.361 kilometers in the years 2005-2009.
In 2015, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Austria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Hungary, Guatemala, Germany, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Cyprus, China, Colombia, Cuba, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Serbia, Slovakia, the United States, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Finland, France and Switzerland. He visited Austria, which hosted the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme last year, several times in 2015.
Special flight detachment Russia is in charge of airlifting Lavrov on his foreign trips.