US - Russia
Chronology from Oct 2007 to Dec 2007
: A shipment of nuclear fuel arrives in Iran from Russia.
: The U.S. House of Representatives passes a defense policy bill authorizing $178 million for nuclear security in Russia.
: Russian moratorium on the CFE Treaty officially takes effect.
: Gen. Yuri Baluyevskiy, chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff arrives in Washington to meet his counterpart Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
: Duma elections in Russia result in an overwhelming victory (64 percent) for United Russia, the party supportive of Putin.
: FM Lavrov visits Washington, DC and meets top U.S. officials. While there he criticizes U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.
: The Russian government arrests and jails opposition leaders who have organized protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg a week in advance of Duma elections.
: At an election rally in Moscow, Putin criticizes “outsiders” who interfere in Russia’s domestic politics. This is a thinly veiled call out of the U.S. and Western Europe.
: The U.S. and Russian governments reach a deal on the safe disposal of 34 tons of plutonium.
: Indian Prime Minister Manhoman Singh visits Moscow and meets President Putin. The two governments sign agreements on space cooperation, financial investment, drug trafficking and transnational crime, and a deal on the joint development and production of multi-role transport aircraft.
: The Russian Duma unanimously votes to suspend the CFE Treaty. The moratorium will take effect Dec. 12.
: High-ranking U.S. and Russian defense officials begin a two-day war gaming session in Moscow. The focus is on peacekeeping operations.
: The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Russia announces that only 50 election observers from the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) will be allowed to witness elections to the Russian Duma in December. In 2003 450 observers from the OSCE witnessed the Duma elections.
: At an EU-Russia summit in Portugal, Putin compares the U.S.-led efforts to establish an anti-missile defense system in Eastern Europe to Soviet efforts to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba in the early 1960s.
: At two different talks on the same day, President Bush (Washington) and Defense Secretary Gates (Prague) give two differing interpretations of the strategy behind the missile defense system in Eastern Europe.
: In a visit to Tokyo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discuses the Korean nuclear issue and the Northern Territories dispute with Japanese government officials. He also takes time to criticize U.S. plans for a missile defense system.
: George Bush telephones Putin and urges Russia to help persuade the Iranian government to give up its uranium enrichment efforts.
: Russia repays the remaining $343.25 million of its agriculture debt to the U.S. ahead of schedule. Much of this debt accumulated during the last days of communism and in the early 1990s.
: Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran for a summit of Caspian nations. He meets Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
: Russian state television airs a glowing documentary on the life and work of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
: U.S. and Russian defense officials hold talks in Berlin on the status of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty.
: U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates meet their Russian counterparts in Moscow to discuss various issues, including U.S. plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe.