A former KGB operative, Putin rose up on the ranks quickly, and as a member of the Politbüro, he eventually became the leader of the CPSU.
During his first years as Premier (during the "Second Red Scare"), he continued his predecessors' antagonistic policies against the United States, however after the Alexander and Kerry administrations manage to ease up the tensions, he became more US-friendly, and was often open for diplomatic talks. In 2005, a few months after Kerry's inauguration, he was invited for a diplomatic visit to Washington D.C. and New York City. Later, Kerry visited Moscow, as the first visit of a US president in the USSR for 15 years.
In 2006, Putin and Kerry signed a historic non-aggression pact, in case of a possible nuclear weapons race by the USRCV.
As a former KGB operative, Putin holds a black belt in judo and is well-qualified with firearms. During his 2005 visit of New York City, Putin single-handedly helped a choking customer at the Windows on the World restaurant, which created a tabloid sensation.