After the October Revolution of 1917, the United States refused to recognize the Soviet government, diplomatic relations between our countries resumed only on November 16, 1933.
The first official contact of the Russian Empire with one of the American colonies took place back in 1698, and the country established diplomatic relations in 1807.
In the 19th century, Russia and the United States collaborated on issues with Alaska and other Russian possessions in North America. In World War I, Russia and the United States were allies. But already in 1918-1920, American troops took part in foreign intervention, supporting the White Army. In the United States, they launched a struggle against the communist and socialist movement.
In the early 1930s, the Soviet government took a course towards expanding relations with other countries. The largest major states were included in cooperation with the USSR. In addition, together it was easier to confront the threat of Nazism.
On November 16, 1933, the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs Maxim Litvinov arrived on an official visit to Washington. As a result of his negotiations with the new President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, diplomatic relations were established between the United States and the USSR. On this occasion, Roosevelt was presented with a “model” of the Russian Volga River made of platinum, gold, silver and diamonds, made in 1913 in the workshop of Carl Faberge.