06MOSCOW5030, MOSCOW OPPOSES CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIAN

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06MOSCOW5030 2006-05-12 13:05 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO2761
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #5030 1321305
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 121305Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5697
INFO RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE IMMEDIATE 0183
RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 4026
RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ALMATY PRIORITY 0546
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT PRIORITY 4853
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 2506
RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT PRIORITY 2008

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 005030 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/12/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV SNAR RS
SUBJECT: MOSCOW OPPOSES CENTRAL AND SOUTH ASIAN 
COUNTER-NARCOTICS AND SECURITY CONFERENCE 
 
REF: STATE 76665 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Kirk Augustine. 
  Reasons: 1.4 (b/d). 
 
1. (C)  Poloff discussed reftel demarche points May 12 with 
Anatoliy Taksubayev, Deputy Director of the MFA Third CIS 
(Central Asia) Department.  (NOTE: We were unable to make 
this demarche to the MFA New Threats and Challenges 
Department, as the Deputy Director and principal staffers 
responsible for counternarcotics were traveling.)  Taksubayev 
said he was familiar with the conference planned for May 
15-17 in Dushanbe, and it had already been decided Russia 
would not participate.  He understood that other invited 
countries were making their own decisions about 
participation, and many might participate "at one level or 
another." 
 
2. (C)  Asked why Moscow was opposed to the initiative, 
Taksubayev said the GOR believed the Central and South Asian 
Counter-Narcotics and Security working group was duplicative 
of other regional mechanisms to combat narcotics trafficking, 
and the GOR saw no purpose in it.  He agreed that Russia, the 
countries of the region, and the United States all shared a 
common interest in fighting narcotics trafficking and said he 
would welcome further discussion on common approaches. 
 
3. (C)  COMMENT.  Moscow has, as reftel notes, expressed to 
us on many occasions and in many contexts its interest in 
jointly fighting narcotics trafficking in Central Asia.  We 
suspect that its apparent hostility to the Dushanbe 
conference is connected to suspicions -- also expressed many 
times to us over the past year -- that the United States is 
intent on creating a regional organization designed to 
compete with the organizations Moscow prefers (SCO, CSTO, and 
others).  The involvement in the Dushanbe conference of the 
Marshall Center, where in the GOR view a former U.S. 
Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan allegedly detailed a USG plan to 
create a Central Asian organization to address regional 
issues, from which Russia would be excluded, may have 
affected Russian attitudes.  Short of offering Russian 
government involvement in future working group planning or 
finding other ways of increasing transparency and thus easing 
Russian suspicion, we expect the GOR will continue to oppose 
initiatives under these auspices. 
BURNS

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