06MOSCOW13175, RUSSIA NOTIFIED OF ISNPA SANCTIONS

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06MOSCOW13175 2006-12-29 16:17 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #3175 3631617
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 291617Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 6190

S E C R E T MOSCOW 013175 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/MTR, EUR/PRA, AND EUR/RUS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/29/2016 
TAGS: PARM MTCR PREL MNUC ETTC RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA NOTIFIED OF ISNPA SANCTIONS 
 
REF: STATE 203587 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel A. Russell. Reasons 1.4 ( 
B/D). 
 
1.  (S) DCM delivered on December 29 the notification of new 
U.S. sanctions levied on four Russian entities for violating 
the Iran-Syria Non-Proliferation Act.  In delivering reftel 
points, the DCM explained the sanctions reflected our serious 
concern about potentially destabilizing arms transfers and 
had been based on a thorough U.S. interagency review.  The 
USG would publish in the Federal Register next week a list of 
new sanctions against entities in ten countries, including 
Russia. 
 
2.  (S) Igor Neverov, Director of the Foreign Ministry's 
North America Department, replied that the U.S. action was 
not unexpected, given the repeated recent approaches by U.S. 
officials on arms transfers and potential sanctions.  That 
said, the Russian Government would react negatively to the 
latest round of sanctions, especially in view of their 
harmful effect on bilateral relations.  Neverov questioned 
both the sanctions and their timing coming on the heels of 
successful passage of UNSC Resolution 1737 on Iran and a very 
positive call between Presidents Bush and Putin.  He noted 
continuing Russian efforts to convince the U.S. that 
sanctions had been incorrectly applied to Rosoboronexport 
last July. 
 
3.  (S) Neverov repeatedly characterized the sanctions as an 
extraterritorial application of U.S. law, stated that Russian 
entities were required to comply with Russian law and its 
export control regime, and pointed out that the cited 
conventional weapon system transfers were not related to WMD. 
 Speaking preliminarily, he questioned whether the cited 
transfers violated any international sanction or prohibition. 
 Neverov pointed out that Russia itself remained concerned 
about arms transfers and noted that the transfer of the 
Russian S-300 system to Iran was still under review. 
 
4.  (S) Neverov said that an official Russian response to 
this latest imposition of sanctions would be forthcoming 
after the interagency community had a chance to assess U.S. 
claims.  He noted the absence of information on the cited 
Rosoboronexport case and requested details. 
 
5.  (S) COMMENT:  Neverov's private preliminary reaction was 
predictable and measured.  The public political reaction may 
be less so.  A response to his request for more details on 
the Rosoboronexport case would be very welcome to help us 
make the case for sanctions. 
BURNS

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