MOSCOW, RUSSIA -- US Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman (Right) and Russian Federation Minister of Industry and Energy Victor Khristenko meet to discuss progress in achieving the Bratislava Initiatives during Sec. Bodman's visit to Moscow, Monday, May 23, 2005. The Bratislava agreement was struck by Presidents Bush and Putin during their February 2005 meeting and directed the US and Russian Ministers of Energy and Commerce to improve and expand US/Russia energy cooperation in trade and investment opportunities for US and Russian firms, including in support of Russia's pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG) development, and increased Russian oil and gas imports to US markets.
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