US - Russia
Chronology from Jul 2005 to Oct 2005
: Fourteen kilograms, nearly 31 pounds, of highly enriched uranium are safely returned to the Russian Federation from a research reactor in the Czech Republic. The operation was a joint effort that included IAEA, the U.S., Russia and the Czech Republic, and was part of the Global Threat Reduction Initiative.
: Russian Minister of Economic Development and Trade German Gref holds talks with U.S. officials in Washington about Russia’s joining the WTO.
: In a speech at Stanford University, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov issues a veiled warning to Washington to avoid interfering in Russian politics, and to pursue goals in ex-Soviet states exclusively by “understandable and transparent” methods. But Lavrov does recognize U.S. interests in Central Asia.
: In New York, Putin meets with the leadership of U.S. oil majors Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Texaco.
: Presidents Bush and Putin hold a meeting at the White House. Topping the discussion agenda are the key nuclear disputes in Iran and North Korea.
: In a speech at a NATO meeting in Berlin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov warns the U.S. against any change of its nuclear doctrine to allow the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons.
: A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman accuses the U.S. of exercising “double-standards” in the war on terror.
: The aircraft of U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Barack Obama is detained in the Russian city of Perm for several hours for undisclosed reasons. The senators were part of a team inspecting the progress of the joint U.S.-Russian nuclear clean-up program. The aircraft had been cleared prior to the trip.
: William Joseph Burns replaces Alexander Vershbow as U.S. ambassador to Russia.
: Russia and China hold an unprecedented, weeklong joint military exercise in the Far East.
: Moscow issues a protest to Washington about the ABC News interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, aired nationally on television in the U.S.
: U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld makes a quick visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where the Kyrgyz government reaffirms its support for the continued U.S. utilization of the airbase in that country.
: Russia’s armed forces begin a six-day exercise known as Vostok-2005 in Russia’s Far Eastern districts, including along the Pacific coast near Vladivostok.
: Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs releases a statement calling for a “rollback” of the “non-regional” military presence in Central Asia, an obvious reference to U.S. forces stationed in the region.
: Presidents George Bush and Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G-8 summit at Gleneagles, Scotland.
: The leaders of China, Russia, and four Central Asian nations ask the U.S. to set a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. bases from the region. The announcement comes at the SCO summit meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan.
: The U.S. State Department announces that for the FY 2006 it will allocate $85 million for programs of assistance for democratic and economic reforms in Russia.