US - Russia
Chronology from Apr 2004 to Jul 2004
: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on a visit to Moldova, on his way to a NATO summit in Istanbul, urges Russia to uphold its obligations and withdraw troops from Moldova to help settle a 13-year-old dispute between the former Soviet state and its breakaway trans-Dnestr region. Rumsfeld is the first high-ranking Cabinet official to visit Moldova.
: NATO heads-of-state summit in Istanbul, Turkey. President George Bush makes an appearance, but President Putin declines to attend. FM Lavrov represents Russia.
: Japanese FM Kawaguchi travels to Moscow to meet with FM Sergei Lavrov to discuss bilateral matters and a visit by President Putin to Japan in early 2005.
: Russia launches massive Mobility-2004 military exercises across Siberia and the Russian Far East. These are the largest since the Soviet era.
: While on a visit to Kazakhstan, Putin confirms to reporters that between the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the commencement of military operations in Iraq, Russia’s special services intelligence agencies received information “that official organs of Saddam’s regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the U.S. and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations.” Putin explains that he passed this information on to President Bush.
: Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Kyle McSlarrow visits Moscow to meet with Russian counterparts and with executives from the Russian oil industry. McSlarrow reemphasizes the U.S. interest in seeing a “Northern Pipeline” to transport crude oil from western Siberia to the port of Murmansk.
: Summit of G8 nations takes place on Sea Island, Georgia.
: Vladimir Putin becomes the first Russian or Soviet head of state to visit Normandy, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944.
: Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the U.S., passes away at 93.
: Secretary of State Colin Powell calls for Russia to remove all its military bases from Georgia.
: Russia officially joins the PSI.
: Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham visits Moscow and meets with counterpart Alexander Rumantsyev to sign an accord on the retrieval and storage of unsecured Russian nuclear fuel.
: Under Secretary of State John Bolton visits Moscow to press Russian leaders to join the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI).
: George H.W. Bush, Sr., the father of President George W. Bush, visits the Ukraine.
: Russian and U.S. Army officers begin a joint six-day command post exercise that is the first of its kind and aims at ensuring better cooperation in the war on terrorism.
: U.S. State Department releases annual report on human rights and, as in years past, Russia’s record is deemed suspect.
: National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice meets with Russian President Putin in Moscow to discuss Iraq.
: Two Russian workers are kidnapped and a third is killed in Iraq. The Russian Duma blames the U.S. for the incident.
: Grozny bomb blast kills the Russian-installed president of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadryov.
: U.S. House of Representatives passes resolution condemning Iran’s nuclear program, and calls on Russia to halt its assistance to Teheran.
: The tense stand-off in southern Georgia ends when the rebel leader of the province of Adzharia flees into exile in Russia. Both Moscow and Washington announce their satisfaction with the peaceful resolution of the situation.
: Russian government urges all its citizens to leave Iraq after unidentified captors release eight employees of a Russian construction company who had been kidnapped and briefly detained in Baghdad.
: U.S.-Russia Energy Working Group (EWG) concludes two days of talks in Washington by signing two agreements that enhance U.S.-Russia partnership on energy-related projects.
: Russian academic researcher Igor Sutyagin is found guilty of spying for U.S. intelligence after a lengthy court trial that attracted international media attention.
: On an official visit to Washington, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov says that Russia will not give up its cooperation with the U.S. in the war on terrorism, but warns that deteriorating bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington could bring on a “cold peace.”