06MOSCOW12259, RUSSIAN MFA CRITICIZES DAS BRYZA’S FINANCIAL TIMES

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06MOSCOW12259 2006-11-02 15:39 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO7709
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DE RUEHMO #2259 3061539
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 021539Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4866
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012259 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/02/2016 
TAGS: PREL ENRG RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN MFA CRITICIZES DAS BRYZA'S FINANCIAL TIMES 
INTERVIEW 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons: 1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  MFA North America Deputy Director Vladimir Vinokurov 
contacted Political M/C November 2 to highlight the 
ministry's critical reaction to comments made about the 
Northern European Gas Pipeline (NEGP) by DAS Bryza in an 
October 30 Financial Times of Germany interview.  Vinkurov 
told us the interview had "created some tension here."  He 
said the MFA's understanding was that pipelines were to be 
assessed on their commercial potential and not on political 
grounds.  The MFA was disappointed in the approach adopted in 
the interview and said Moscow did not believe U.S. officials 
should comment critically on bilateral economic issues 
between Russia and Germany.  Political M/C responded that we 
would report the remarks to Washington, and noted that the 
U.S. expected Russia to live up to its G-8 energy security 
commitments and be a reliable and responsible energy 
supplier. 
 
2.  (C)  Informal Embassy translation of the MFA Press Office 
commentary: 
 
In Moscow, attention was focused on an October 30 interview 
by Deputy Assistant Secretary M. Bryza in the Financial Times 
of Germany in which he frightened German readers with the 
prospect of the construction of the Northern European Gas 
Pipeline.  (Bryza said) "The NEGP will strengthen the 
dependence of Germany on Russian gas and then what could 
happen to you could be the same as what happened to Ukraine 
last winter." 
 
We will not speak about the appropriateness of a 
representative of the U.S. government taking upon himself the 
responsibility of instructing Germany on how it should build 
cooperation with Russia in as important a field as the 
delivery of gas.  One need only recall that some years ago 
American representatives also spoke out against the Blue 
Stream Pipeline with the same motivation, as if Turkey and 
Europe would fall into energy dependence on Russia.  Life has 
shown how farfetched these warnings were -- Blue Stream 
became a successful example of Russian-Turkish energy 
cooperation and its expansion is now being examined. 
 
Unfortunately, the impression is being created that the U.S. 
opposition, first to Blue Stream and now to the NEGP, is not 
based on concerns about the energy security of Europe, but on 
the principle (as confessed by some American officials) that 
good gas pipelines are those which go around Russia. 
 
Even in the most difficult times Russia never violated its 
obligations to deliver gas to its European partners.  The 
decision to reorient to Europe part of the unique Shtokman 
gas field guarantees the stable delivery of Russian gas to 
Europe for many decades.  A durable energy partnership with 
Russia based on the mutual responsibility of producers and 
consumers of energy resources, and not on artificial energy 
schemes, is the authentic guarantee of energy security for 
Europe. 
BURNS

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