Chronologies

US - Russia

Chronology from Jan 2004 to Mar 2004


: Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia are among seven former Soviet bloc countries formally join NATO. The other ex-communist nations joining are Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

: Russian news agencies quote a senior Russian Defense Ministry official who announces Russia has designed a “revolutionary” weapon that would make the prospective U.S. missile defense useless.

: Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia are among seven former Soviet bloc countries formally join NATO. The other ex-communist nations joining are Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Slovakia.

: Russian news agencies quote a senior Russian Defense Ministry official who announces Russia has designed a “revolutionary” weapon that would make the prospective U.S. missile defense useless.

: Sixty-two percent of Russians say the U.S.-led operation in Iraq is a crime against the people of Iraq, according to a VTsIOM survey.

: Sixty-two percent of Russians say the U.S.-led operation in Iraq is a crime against the people of Iraq, according to a VTsIOM survey.

: U.S.-Russian relations are on the “right track” Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones tells Congress, though the track “is not without its bumps and occasional setbacks.”

: U.S.-Russian relations are on the “right track” Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones tells Congress, though the track “is not without its bumps and occasional setbacks.”

: Newly appointed FM Sergei Lavrov tells journalists that “virtually nothing separates” Russia from the U.S. when it comes to a vision of humanity’s strategic problems in ensuring security.

: Newly appointed FM Sergei Lavrov tells journalists that “virtually nothing separates” Russia from the U.S. when it comes to a vision of humanity’s strategic problems in ensuring security.

: Secretary Powell says he is concerned about the way Russia is conducting its presidential election and urges Putin’s government “to do a better job’” of making democracy work.

: Putin is announced the winner of the presidential election in Russia with more than 70 percent of the popular vote.

: Secretary Powell says he is concerned about the way Russia is conducting its presidential election and urges Putin’s government “to do a better job’” of making democracy work.

: Putin is announced the winner of the presidential election in Russia with more than 70 percent of the popular vote.

: CIA warns of a “greater assertiveness” on the part of Russia after Putin wins re-election.

: CIA warns of a “greater assertiveness” on the part of Russia after Putin wins re-election.

: Putin meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Moscow.

: Putin meets with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Moscow.

: Putin nominates Mikhail Fradkov, a former tax police chief and Russia’s top diplomat at the European Union, as prime minister.

: Putin nominates Mikhail Fradkov, a former tax police chief and Russia’s top diplomat at the European Union, as prime minister.

: In a phone call President Bush tells President Putin that he hopes Russia will move in a “reformist direction” after the March 14 presidential elections.

: In a phone call President Bush tells President Putin that he hopes Russia will move in a “reformist direction” after the March 14 presidential elections.

: President Bush meets Mikhail Saakashvili, new president of Georgia at the White House.

: In its annual human rights report, the State Department accuses Russia of manipulating elections and making threats against opposition parties.

: President Bush meets Mikhail Saakashvili, new president of Georgia at the White House.

: In its annual human rights report, the State Department accuses Russia of manipulating elections and making threats against opposition parties.

: Putin dismisses PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet ministers, saying he is reshuffling the government in preparation for next month’s presidential vote.

: Putin dismisses PM Mikhail Kasyanov and all other Cabinet ministers, saying he is reshuffling the government in preparation for next month’s presidential vote.

: Three Russians are arrested in Qatar on suspicion of planting a bomb that killed Chechen rebel leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Doha on Feb. 13.

: Three Russians are arrested in Qatar on suspicion of planting a bomb that killed Chechen rebel leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev in Doha on Feb. 13.

: Putin observes a large military exercise involving missile launches and strategic bombing flights on board a nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea.  Several missile launches, however, result in failure and embarrassment for Putin.

: Putin observes a large military exercise involving missile launches and strategic bombing flights on board a nuclear submarine in the Barents Sea.  Several missile launches, however, result in failure and embarrassment for Putin.

:   President Bush meets the head of the Russian presidential administration, Dmitri Medvedev who delivers a message to Bush from Putin that promises Russia will remain a “stable, reliable, and predictable partner.”

:   President Bush meets the head of the Russian presidential administration, Dmitri Medvedev who delivers a message to Bush from Putin that promises Russia will remain a “stable, reliable, and predictable partner.”

: At a gathering of defense experts in Munich, DM Ivanov urges NATO not to put new military facilities in Poland and the Baltics, and warns that Moscow could take measures if its interests were threatened.  At the same conference Sen. John McCain accuses Putin’s regime of a “creeping coup” against democracy.

: At a gathering of defense experts in Munich, DM Ivanov urges NATO not to put new military facilities in Poland and the Baltics, and warns that Moscow could take measures if its interests were threatened.  At the same conference Sen. John McCain accuses Putin’s regime of a “creeping coup” against democracy.

: A powerful explosion blasts a packed underground train in Moscow during the morning rush-hour, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100.

: A powerful explosion blasts a packed underground train in Moscow during the morning rush-hour, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 100.

: Under Secretary of State John Bolton visits Moscow to meet with top defense and foreign ministry officials, but he fails to convince them that Russia should join the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).

: Powell arrives in Moscow for a two-day visit during which he meets with Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov and President Putin.

: Powell arrives in Moscow for a two-day visit during which he meets with Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov and President Putin.

: Secretary of State Colin Powell visits Georgia to attend the inauguration of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

: Secretary of State Colin Powell visits Georgia to attend the inauguration of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

: Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov visits India to finalize the $1.5 billion sale of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India.

: Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov visits India to finalize the $1.5 billion sale of the Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier to India.

: Russian President Putin visits Kazakhstan and meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev to discuss strategic cooperation and joint energy development.

: Russian President Putin visits Kazakhstan and meets with President Nursultan Nazarbayev to discuss strategic cooperation and joint energy development.

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