06MOSCOW9354, RUSSIA WEIGHING ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE

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06MOSCOW9354 2006-08-25 14:03 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO1331
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #9354 2371403
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 251403Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1177
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 009354 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/25/2016 
TAGS: PREL EAID LE RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA WEIGHING ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE 
TO LEBANON 
 
REF: STATE 139903 
 
Classified By: Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs Alice Wells. Re 
asons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  In addition to contemplating a limited contingent of 
military personnel to serve in UNIFIL (septel), Russia is 
considering providing additional shipments of humanitarian 
assistance to Lebanon according to the MFA and the Lebanese 
Ambassador in Moscow.  MFA Syria and Lebanon Section Chief 
Andrey Panov told us August 24 that Russia had already 
supplied four planeloads of emergency humanitarian assistance 
through the Ministry of Civil Defense, Emergencies and 
Natural Disasters (EMERCOM).  Russia was consulting with the 
Lebanese government about additional aid, including 
reconstruction assistance.  DFM Aleksandr Saltanov will head 
the Russian delegation to the meeting in Stockholm. 
 
2.  (C)  Lebanese Ambassador Assem Jaber told us on August 23 
that cooperation with the GOR in providing humanitarian 
assistance had been excellent.  Jaber noted that four EMERCOM 
flights (on August 9, 17, 21, and 23) had delivered tons of 
food, medicine, bedding, and tents to a UN depot in Cyprus; 
the material had then been sent on to Lebanon.  Jaber said 
Russia was willing to provide additional medical supplies, 
but it was not clear whether the Russian medicines offered 
were the same as the European drugs that Lebanon had 
requested.  He noted that a number of Russian private 
companies had also provided humanitarian relief supplies.  On 
reconstruction assistance, Jaber said that Russian interest 
had so far been limited to firms that wanted to work in 
Lebanon on commercial terms. 
BURNS

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