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Joint Report: 2009-2010 Results of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission: Military Cooperation

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

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Military Cooperation:
Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Nikolay Makarov, and
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen

Inter-Agency Participants:



Joint Staff

European Command

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia

Ministry of Defense

Dates Group Convened:

July 2009:

Admiral Mullen and General Makarov signed in Moscow a Military Framework document for cooperation between the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the United States of America.

November 2009

Admiral Mullen and General Makarov met in Geneva to discuss the issues related to preparing the new START Treaty.

December 2009:

Joint Staff talks were held in Washington between the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

January 2010:

Admiral Mullen and Army General Makarov met in Moscow. In the course of the meeting key military technical issues related to the START Treaty were solved. A Memorandum to create the U.S.-Russian Military Cooperation Working Group was also signed and the U.S.-Russian Military Cooperation Work Plan for 2010 approved.

April 2010:

Working group meeting held in Washington.


  • In 2009, the U.S. and Russian militaries successfully executed 10 out of the 17 military-to-military events scheduled; the 2010 work plan contains 50 events on issues related to collaboration between the U.S. and Russian senior military personnel, counterterrorism, missile defense, naval search and rescue, crisis management, joint exercises and training, and joint training of experts.

  • Since July 2009, four rounds of talks have been held between Admiral Michael Mullen and General Nikolay Makarov, to discuss key aspects of collaboration between the U.S. and Russian militaries. A channel for operational interoperability has been set up through telephone contacts between Admiral Mullen and Army General Makarov.

  • In April 2010, a Working Group meeting co-chaired by Admiral Mullen and General Makarov was held in the United States. During the meeting the parties discussed the status and potential developments in the world, possible directions for expanding cooperation between the armed forces of the U.S. and Russia, issues of tactical nuclear weapons, the situation in and around Afghanistan, including transit of goods through the territory of Russia and Russian weapons deliveries to Afghanistan, collaboration with NATO, and missile defense. Under the auspices of this Working Group subgroups were formed in the following focal areas: Afghanistan, Pakistan, counterterrorism, assessment of missile threats, missile defense, and military cooperation.

  • In April and June 2010, the U.S. and Russian militaries had planning conferences for staff exercises designed to improve coordination in aircraft hijacking situations. Russian and American naval ships regularly collaborate in counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa.

  • In May 2010, the US naval vessels USS Kauffman and the USS Blue Ridge visited Russian ports in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok. In June 2010, the Russian Navy cruiser Varyag docked in San Francisco.

Agenda for Future:

  • Planned meetings of focal subgroups:

    • In June 2010 – the subgroup on counterterrorism shall coordinate the text of the U.S.-Russian counterterrorism agreement;

    • Sub-group on missile defense shall determine the specific collaboration activities and sharing by the U.S. of information about plans and features of missile defense systems.

  • In July 2010 – Meetings of the Working Group on planning U.S.-Russian military cooperation in 2011 and of the Sub-group on Afghanistan/Pakistan will be held.

  • A further round of Staff Talks is planned for Fall 2010.

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