06MOSCOW5997, RUSSIAN HOSTAGES IN IRAQ

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06MOSCOW5997 2006-06-05 14:55 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO8104
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #5997 1561455
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 051455Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7113
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD IMMEDIATE 0129

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 005997 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/05/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV RS IZ
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN HOSTAGES IN IRAQ 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1. (C)  Upon learning of the killing of a GOR security guard 
and the kidnapping of four Russian Embassy employees outside 
a local market in Iraq on June 3, Ambassador called DFM 
Saltanov to express condolences and the desire of the U.S. to 
provide needed assistance.  The Ambassador followed up with 
Saltanov twice on June 4 to make clear our willingness to 
assist and to relay information from Washington to ensure 
that channels of communication in Baghdad would be open. 
Saltanov was grateful for the U.S. concern and has expressed 
appreciation for the communication that has been established 
between our embassies in Baghdad. 
 
2. (C)  Poloff contacted Ambassador-at-Large for Iraq Affairs 
Kirpichenko June 5 to express support and discuss ways in 
which the USG might assist.  Kirpichenko appreciated the 
contact and agreed to meet as events unfold.  He did not 
expect the MFA to issue a statement on the incident today. 
 
3. (U)  An MFA press release on May 4 noted that Saltanov had 
discussed the incident with Iraqi FM Zibari and other 
relevant officials. 
BURNS

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