07MOSCOW825, RUSSIAN MFA CITES DIP NOTE ON SMUGGLED HEU SAMPLE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW825 2007-02-27 15:10 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0012
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #0825 0581510
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 271510Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 7737
INFO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 2994
RUEHSI/AMEMBASSY TBILISI PRIORITY 3802
RUEHIT/AMCONSUL ISTANBUL PRIORITY 0619
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY 0449

S E C R E T MOSCOW 000825 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR ISN/CTR (CURRY), AND EUR/PRA (FRIEDT) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/27/2017 
TAGS: KNNP MNUC ENRG PARM ASEC
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN MFA CITES DIP NOTE ON SMUGGLED HEU SAMPLE 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 20742 
 
     B. TBILISI 269 
     C. MOSCOW 461 
 
Classified By: EST Counselor Daniel O'Grady.  Reasons: 1.4 (b,d) 
 
1.  (S) As instructed by REF A, we met February 26 with 
Mikhail Kondratenkov, of the MFA's Department of Disarmament 
and Security Affairs (DVBR), and asked him to clarify 
Moscow's purported request to the Georgian Government for an 
additional sample of the HEU that was seized in Georgia in 
February 2006.  We underscored that it would be useful to 
learn when this request had been made, whether it was in 
writing and what phrasing had been used -- to ensure there 
was no confusion.  Kondratenkov promised to find out the 
specifics and inform us. 
 
2.  (S) On February 27 DVBR's Aleksandr Bulychev, who had sat 
in the meeting, called us to report that the Russian Embassy 
in Tbilisi had delivered a diplomatic note on the HEU issue 
to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on February 13. 
The diplomatic note had been addressed to A. Torondjadze, in 
the Department of Global Relations.  In the note, the Russian 
Embassy had requested a sample of "not less than 10 grams" of 
the smuggled HEU.  Bulychev said that the diplomatic note 
also asked for additional materials to be provided to the 
Procurator General's office in Russia, in support of a 
potential criminal case that might be opened here.  (NOTE: 
The Russian press has reported that the smuggling suspect's 
brother is a high-ranking customs official in North Ossetia, 
speculating that this could become an investigative trail. 
END NOTE) 
BURNS

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