MOSCOW, November 19 (Sputnik) – On November 28, 1943 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met in Teheran during World War II marking the first ever meeting between the “Big Three” Allied leaders.
The participants adopted declarations on joint action in the war against Nazi Germany and the opening of a second front in the European theatre no later than May 1, 1944, as well as discussing the post-war borders of Poland and Germany, and many other issues. In response to concessions made by the allies, the Soviet Union promised to join the war against Japan once Germany was defeated.
The Tehran conference, which signaled a thaw in US-Russia relations was later followed by a series of bilateral meetings between the leaders of the two countries.
On September 15-27, 1959, Nikita Khrushchev became the first leader of the Soviet Communist Party and head of government to visit the United States, attending a session of the UN General Assembly. While in the United States, Khrushchev held several meetings with US President Dwight Eisenhower. In their joint communique published September 28, both sides announced the need to settle outstanding disputes peacefully at the negotiating table.
On May 22-30, 1972, Richard Nixon became the first US president to visit Moscow, where he met with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party. Several documents were signed, including the ABM Treaty limiting anti-ballistic missile systems, a framework agreement on measures to limit strategic offensive arms (SALT I), and the Basic Principles of Relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.
On November 19-21, 1985, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met with US President Ronald Reagan in Geneva. They discussed the key priorities of US-Soviet relations and the international agenda.
Gorbachev, the first Soviet president, met with US President George H. W. Bush in the United States from May 30 to June 5, 1990. They signed numerous documents, including the Agreement on Destruction and Non-Production of Chemical Weapons and on Measures to Facilitate the Multilateral Convention on Banning Chemical Weapons, the Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, as well as several other trade agreements and protocols.
On June 18-20, 1991, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic President Boris Yeltsin went on a working visit to the United States, where he met with US President George H. W. Bush.
Boris Yeltsin, now President of the Russian Federation, met with US President George H. W. Bush on February 1, 1992 at Camp David, where the two presidents officially announced an end to the Cold War and signed a declaration that began a new era US-Russian relations.
On June 3-5, 2000, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Bill Clinton held their first meeting in Moscow. They signed several documents, including the Joint Statement on Principles of Strategic Stability and the Memorandum of Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Center for the Exchange of Data from Early Warning Systems and Notifications of Missile Launches.
On April 6, 2008, President-Elect Dmitry Medvedev met with US President George W. Bush, in Sochi on April 5 during a two-day visit. Medvedev also attended talks between George W. Bush and incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin.
After officially becoming President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev met with US President George W. Bush at the G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan on July 7, 2008.
On June 17, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama met during the G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Since then, the two leaders have held only informal meetings.