Chronologies

US - Russia

Chronology from Jan 2005 to Mar 2005


: After fraudulent parliamentary elections, a revolt in Kyrgyzstan unseats the government and President Askar Akayev flees to Moscow.

: George Kennan passes away in Princeton, N.J. at age 101.  Kennan, a Russian expert, is considered the father of the containment policy during the Cold War.

: U.S. State Department’s annual report on human rights lists threats to civil society and democracy in Russia.

: Alexander Rumyantsev, director of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency, meets in Iran with Iranian counterpart Gholamreza Aghazadeh, and they sign an $800 million contract on nuclear energy cooperation.

: Presidents Bush and Putin hold a summit meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia.  The atmosphere is decidedly less cordial than earlier meetings.

: Houston, Texas court throws out case by Yukos, which claims that the proposed sale by the Russian government of a Yukos subsidiary is unlawful.  The Houston court claims that it has no jurisdiction.

: Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds hearing on “Democracy in Retreat in Russia.”  Two of the star witnesses are executives from Yukos, the embattled Russian oil giant that is at odds with the Russian government.

: Henry Kissinger meets in Moscow with Putin to talk about Russia’s future and U.S.-Russian relations.

: In a dinner meeting in Ankara with Russian FM Lavrov, Secretary Rice expresses U.S. discontent with the progress of democracy in Russia.

: In a telephone call, Presidents Bush and Putin discuss post-election Iraq.

: Standard & Poor’s raises its long-term foreign currency rating for sovereign debt to “BBB-” from “BB+,” giving Russia investment grade status.

: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick and Russian Economy Minister German Gref meet in Zurich to discuss bilateral trade and investment issues.

: Syrian President Bashar Assad meets President Putin in Moscow.

: Viktor Yushchenko inaugurated as president of the Ukraine.

: In confirmation hearings before the Senate, Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice voices concern about the growing concentration of power in the Kremlin and democracy in Russia.

: Japanese FM Machimura Nobutaka travels to Moscow for meetings with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.  The two discuss plans for a visit by President Vladimir Putin to Japan.

: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov arrives in Washington for four days of meetings with U.S. officials including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and President George Bush.  Ivanov discusses with his U.S. colleagues defense technical cooperation and the war against terrorism and in Iraq.

: Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham meets in London with the Director of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev.

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