06MOSCOW12783, MFA ON UNSC ACTION ON IRAN

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06MOSCOW12783 2006-12-04 16:29 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5652
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 4128
RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 1856
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 1905
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS PRIORITY 1721
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 0298
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 0434

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 012783 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/04/2016 
TAGS: PREL MNUC PARM UNSC RS
SUBJECT: MFA ON UNSC ACTION ON IRAN 
 
REF: STATE 188259 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel A. Russell.  Reasons:  1. 
4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  We raised reftel points with two of our 
working-level MFA contacts involved on the Iran nuclear 
issue.  They provided separate readouts on the current status 
of discussions in the Security Council and expressed the 
GOR's intent to reach agreement on a resolution text. 
Neither was willing to outline elements Russia was prepared 
to accept in a compromise resolution; each deferred to 
ongoing senior-level discussions. 
 
2.  (C)  Aleksandr Shilin, who heads the MFA's IAEA and 
Nuclear Security Office in the MFA,s Arms Control and 
Disarmament Section (DVBR) told us that Russia,s position 
was that the UNSCR should focus solely on issues of uranium 
enrichment, plutonium extraction, and heavy water reactors. 
Moscow had not changed its views on this issue since the EU-3 
draft text was presented October 24.  Russia was opposed to a 
visa ban on Iranians and was against restrictions on Iranian 
students studying abroad.  The updated EU-3 draft presented 
about ten days ago was slightly better in that all references 
to Bushehr have been deleted.  However, there were few other 
changes and Moscow believed the draft UNSCR could be 
improved.  Agreement was possible, but further negotiations 
were needed, particularly in the six party format. 
 
3.  (C)  Vladimir Safronkov, chief of the UN Political 
Affairs Section of the International Organizations 
Department, explained that DVBR had the substantive lead on 
handling discussions of the draft UNSCR, while IO provided 
technical expertise.  He reviewed the GOR draft, arguing that 
it had been focused on the issues the IAEA had raised, while 
the EU-3 draft had been too diffuse.  He reiterated Russia's 
intention to come to closure on the draft text, but was 
unwilling to provide any timeline for a decision.  Safronkov 
underlined that the final decision maker on the Iran nuclear 
file was President Putin. 
 
4.  (C)  Shilin remarked that Deputy Foreign Minister Kislyak 
would be visiting Washington later this week and hoped to 
advance the discussions there.  On his way to Washington, 
Kislyak will be meeting in Paris with his French counterpart. 
BURNS

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