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Russia’s Offer to The U.S. On Missile Defence and Scientific Cooperation in Space: A Timeline

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The first publicized offer from the Russian government for revival of the idea of Strategic Defence cooperation between it and the U.S., came from President Boris Yeltsin, in his visit with Bill Clinton in Vancouver, BC, in the spring of 1993. This was not followed through—and, as LaRouche has recently pointed out, the portfolio for Russia was given to Vice-President Al Gore, with known results.

The next came following the accession of Vladimir Putin into the Russian prime ministership (in 1999), and specifically in the wake of the 2001 terror attack on the United States.

September 2001: Putin acted to protect world security on 11 September 2001. As the first foreign leader to phone President George W. Bush on the day of the attack, he was informed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that U.S. nuclear forces were on high alert. "We already know," replied Putin, "and we have cancelled our exercises and brought our alert levels down."

Nonetheless, three months later Bush gave Russia notice that the USA was withdrawing from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The British-groomed U.S. war party of Vice-President Dick Cheney took the long-since diluted remains of Reagan’s SDI program and turned them into today’s attempts at building a global BMD system based on anti-missile missiles, behind whose protection nuclear-missile attacks on Russia and China might ultimately be attempted.

September 25, 2001: In a prominent speech in the German Bundestag in late September, President Vladimir Putin offered the basis for international cooperation and war avoidance, based on rejecting the axioms of the clash of civilizations and geopolitics. (Oct. 5, 2001 EIR) [One week later, the U.S. went to NATO for invocation of Article 5, and launched the war in Afghanistan.]

February 2007: Putin in Munich blasted the attempts to solve world crises by force, and stressed the need for economic development as a prerequisite for world stability, implicitly offering Russia as a partner in such development. He favorably cited the model of FDR, and attacked the plans for BMD in Europe as not serving the defensive purposes stated.

July 2007: President Putin met George W. Bush in Kennebunkport, and put a proposal for collaboration on strategic missile defense on the table. This included the offer of the joint use of the Gabala radar station in Azerbaijan for missile defence.

January 2008: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterates Putin offers from Munich.

October 2008: Lavrov offers cooperation with the U.S. in a major article in the monthly magazine Profile, noting that the world needs the U.S. of JFK and FDR. LaRouche welcomes this statement. (Oct. 24, 2008 EIR)

March 2009: During the first major meetings between incoming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Lavrov, the offer of joint work on missile defence was put on the table (part of the "reset").

July 2009: Again, in the context of Obama’s trip to Moscow, Lavrov reiterated the Putin offer from Kennebunkport (2007), for cooperation on missile defence. Discussions on the topic were to be started under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral President Commissions.

August 26, 2009: The only known U.S. offer to Russia (!) on space work, came from a NASA official in Moscow, who, in the course of discussions on cooperation on the International Space Station, proposed work on the joint flight to Mars.

May 14-17, 2010: Sergei Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence and Defence Industry, traveling to the United States with the head of Roscosmos, called for joint cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on travel to Mars, the Moon, and other planets.

April 2011: Anatoli Perminov, head of Roscosmos, in an interview with Russia Today, called for a global space security monitoring system, which would warn of natural disasters (this was in the wake of the devastating Japanese earthquake at Fukushima).

October 2011: Then Russian envoy to NATO, Dmitri Rogozin, as reported in the Russian paper Kommersant Oct. 18, called for international cooperation, under the auspices of the UN, for Strategic Defense of Earth, "an integration of anti-aircraft, missile, and space defenses."

November 23, 2011: Then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev gave an address to the Russian nation, reiterating offers of cooperation on joint missile defence with the U.S. and West, even as he outlined the military measures that would have to be taken if the BMD strategic threat continued to be pursued.

January 20, 2012: Igor Ivanov, a former high-level Russian official and still influential figure in the Russian foreign policy establishment, wrote an article in Rossiyskaya Gazeta in which he laid out proposals for cooperation on missile defence and development of the Arctic, with the U.S.

April 28, 2012: Roscosmos Deputy Director Vitali Davydov, at a Russian Security Council Conference, called for a Russian national program on the threat to Earth from asteroids, noting that this requires " a joint effort by all nations."

May 3, 2012: Russia hosted a U.S.-Russian conference on missile defence, during which Russian General Staff officers presented the threat to Russia’s security from the planned Euro BMD program of the USA and NATO, while emphasizing the superiority of a full-fledged cooperative Russian-American program, including against third-party threats.

June 9, 2012: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, at the conclusion of a global security forum held in St. Petersburg, called for international cooperation on readiness and potential deflection of the "space threat from asteroids."

February 16, 2013: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin reiterated his 2011 call for U.S.-Russian collaboration for a Strategic Defence of Earth, in the wake of the Chelyabinsk meteorite explosion of Feb. 15.

February 26, 2013: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev took the occasion of a two-day conference on fighting illegal drugs, in Yakaterinburg, to reiterate his call for "interagency cooperation among nations" against the asteroid-comet threat to Earth