06MOSCOW6341, PUTIN-SAAKASHVILI TALKS: PRELIMINARY READOUTS

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06MOSCOW6341 2006-06-14 12:40 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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DE RUEHMO #6341 1651240
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 141240Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7588
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 006341 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/14/2016 
TAGS: PREL ETRD MARR GG RS
SUBJECT: PUTIN-SAAKASHVILI TALKS:  PRELIMINARY READOUTS 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Kirk Augustine. 
  Reason 1.4 (b, d) 
 
1. (C) Georgian DCM Shugarov and Russian MFA Caucasus 
conflicts division chief Dvinyanin gave us preliminary 
readouts of the June 13 discussion between Russian President 
Putin and Georgian President Saakashvili in St. Petersburg. 
They had received brief telephone readouts from their 
respective superiors, both of whom had been in the meeting 
and had not yet returned to Moscow. 
 
2. (C) The meeting lasted over two hours, from nearly 11 PM 
June 13 to 1 AM June 14, and was followed by a brief press 
conference.  Dvinyanin explained that the length of the 
meeting did not necessarily reflect its content:  Putin had 
said he "likes to chat" with Misha.  Both sides agreed the 
atmosphere was positive.  Shugarov said the Georgian reaction 
was "cautious optimism."  Dvinyanin said there were no "sharp 
points."  They also agreed, however, that no concrete issues 
were resolved.  The Russians had not acceded to Georgia's 
desire for a statement in which Russia would recognize South 
Ossetia as part of Georgia. 
 
3. (C) Dvinyanin said most of the talks concerned trade 
(though not specifically the ban on wine imports). 
Saakashvili assured Putin that Russia would remain Georgia's 
largest trading partner.  Other topics, according to 
Dvinyanin: 
 
-- They agreed to set up a hot-line to prevent 
misunderstandings (modalities to be determined). 
 
-- Putin raised Russia's February proposal to set up an 
anti-terrorism center on the site of the former Russian base 
in Batumi.  Georgia had not replied.  Saakashvili undertook 
to look into it. 
 
-- Frozen conflicts were discussed in only general terms. 
 
-- Saakashvili confirmed to Putin Georgia's desire to enter 
NATO. 
 
4. (U)  The press conference proceeded without too many 
barbs, though Putin cited Chechnya as a good example of the 
resolution of separatist conflicts, and Saakashvili admitted 
that Russia and Georgia were "doomed to good-neighborliness." 
 There was even an attempt at light-heartedness.  Asked 
whether Georgia and Russia had grown any closer, Putin 
replied, "Not long ago I was in Sochi.  There you can walk 
right up to the border.  How could you get any closer?" 
Saakashvili added, "But there, the other side of the border 
is Abkhazia.  So if anyone had any doubts that that is 
Georgia, Vladimir Vladimirovich has now dispelled them." 
BURNS

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