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U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission: Working Groups


Agriculture: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack and Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolay Fedorov
U.S. Primary Contact:
Jonathan Gressel
Director, Eurasia Division
Office of Country and Regional Affairs
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
Washington, D.C. 20250
Tel: (202) 720-8243
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Arms Control and International Security: U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov
U.S. Primary Contact:
James Timbie
Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary
U.S. Department of State, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-4404
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Business Development and Economic Relations: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Russian Minister of Economic Development Aleksey Ulyukayev
U.S. Primary Contact:
Matthew Edwards
Office Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Washington, D.C. 20230
Tel: (202) 482-4365
Fax: (202) 482-3042
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Counternarcotics: U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael P. Botticelli and Russian Federal Drug Enforcement Service Director Viktor Ivanov
U.S. Primary Contact:
John T. Beattie
Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, D.C. 20504
Tel: (202) 395-6664
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Counterterrorism: U.S. Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism Jerry Lanier and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cooperation on Counterterrorism and Transnational Organized Crime Alexander Zmeyevskiy
U.S. Primary Contact:
Lonni Reasor
Senior Policy Officer for Counterterrorism
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-6736
Fax: (202) 647-0697
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Cyber:  U.S. Special Assistant to the President and Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel and Russian Deputy Secretary of the Security Council Nikolay Klimashin
U.S. Primary Contact:
Benjamin Boudreaux
Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues (S/CCI)
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20250
Tel: (202) 647-5826
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Defense Relations: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu
U.S. Primary Contact:
Lt Col Che Bradley
Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Policy
U.S. Department of Defense
Washington, D.C. 20330
Tel: (703) 692-3917
Fax: (703) 697-0499
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Education, Culture, Sports, and MediaThe U.S. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Russian Special Presidential Representative for International Culture Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy
U.S. Primary Contact:
Anaida Haas
EUR/PD
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-5993
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Emergency Situations: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov
U.S. Primary Contact:
Jess M. Bratton
Senior International Affairs Specialist
International Affairs Division
Office of External Affairs
Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
Office: (202) 212-2185
BB: (202) 679-5968
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Energy: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Russian Minister of Energy Aleksandr Novak
U.S. Primary Contact:
Paul Tumminia
Desk Officer for Russia
Department of Energy, Office of Russian and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20585
Tel: (202) 586-8036
Fax: (202) 586-5150
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Environment: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment Dan Reifsnyder (Acting) and Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Coordinator for International Cooperation Nuritdin Inamov
U.S. Primary Contact:
Shelbie Legg
Ecology and Conservation Office
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Tel: (202) 647-0658
Fax: (202) 736-7351
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Health: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova
U.S. Primary Contact:
Yelena Shnayder, M.H.S.
International Health Analyst
Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Global Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20201
Tel: (202) 260-0442
Fax: (202) 260-0396
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Innovation: U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Ann Novelli and Russia (TBD)
U.S. Primary Contacts:
Craig Reilly
Office of Commercial and Business Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-0383
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Military Cooperation: Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Army General Valeriy Gerasimov
U.S. Primary Contacts:
COL Sewaphorn (Noy) Rovira
Pol-Mil Planner, Russia
Joint Staff ENR-EEE
Tel: (703) 693-3365
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Military Technical Cooperation: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Defense Trade and Regional Security Beth McCormick and Russian Deputy Director, Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Head of the Russian Delegation Anatoliy Punchuk
U.S. Primary Contacts:
Ms. Efthymia D. Alexiou
Programs Manager for Russia
International Cooperation Directorate in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
U.S. Department of Defense
Tel: (571) 372-5267
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Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Security: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom” Director General Sergey Kiriyenko
U.S. Primary Contacts:
Lauren Lafaro
Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
Washington, D.C. 20585
Tel: (202) 586-0653
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Rule of Law:  Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States and Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

U.S. Primary Contacts:
Catherine L. Newcombe
U.S. Department of Justice
(202) 616-0754 (office)
(202) 616-8429 (fax)
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Science and Technology: U.S. Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren and Russian Ministry of Education and Science, Minister Dmitry Livanov
U.S. Primary Contact:
Adam Bodrow
Senior Policy Advisor for International Affairs
Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Washington, D.C. 20502
Tel: (202) 456-6038
Fax: (202) 456-6027
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Space Cooperation: U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Administrator Charles Bolden and Russian Federal Space Agency Head Oleg Ostapenko
U.S. Primary Contact:
Meredith McKay
Senior International Programs Specialist
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of International and Interagency Relations
Washington, D.C. 20546
Tel: (202) 358-1240
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Steering GroupU.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov
U.S. Primary Contact:
Tracy Perrelli
Advisor to the Bilateral Presidential Commission
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel: (202) 647-4464
Fax: (202) 647-8980
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