07MOSCOW2333, RUSSIA COOL TO U.S. PROPOSAL TO EXPAND AND EXTEND

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07MOSCOW2333 2007-05-18 14:50 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002333 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOR ISN (SEMMEL), ISN/CTR (GOODMAN, 
DOLLIFF, CAMERON, EVANS), E (DUNCAN, WOLF), P (BROOKS), T 
(KOCH, TIMBIE), S/P (LACEY), EUR/PRA (FRIEDT, BENTHIEN, 
NASH) 
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR DOE/NNSA (CONNERY AND STACEY) 
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FOR DOD/CTR (REID, MELASON, AND WEBER) 
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL (HAYWARD, LEDDY, NEWHOUSE) 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/16/2012 
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC KNNP CBW TRGY RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA COOL TO U.S. PROPOSAL TO EXPAND AND EXTEND 
THE G-8 GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP 
 
REF: STATE 61331 
 
Classified By: DCM Daniel A. Russell.  Reasons: 1.4 (b,d) 
 
1. (SBU) On May 16 we delivered REFTEL points on the U.S. 
proposal to expand and extend the G-8 Global Partnership (GP) 
to Valeriy Biryukov, Head of the GP Section in the MFA's 
Department of Security and Disarmament Affairs, and his 
assistant Tatyana Balykina.  Biryukov and Balykina had just 
returned from Germany, where they had participated in the May 
14-15 meetings of the G-8 Nonproliferation Directors Group 
(NPDG) and the GP Working Group (GPWG).  Biryukov told us he 
had discussed the U.S. proposal with the U.S. delegation in 
Germany, and he repeated the Russian position to us. 
 
2. (SBU) According to Biryukov, Russia remains opposed to 
expanding and extending the GP at this time.  He suggested it 
would be more appropriate to take up the U.S. proposal in 
2010 when it will be clear whether the projects currently 
underway will be completed before the end of the GP's 
original 2002-2012 mandate.  Russia does not want to consider 
expanding and extending the GP while many projects are still 
only at the halfway point. 
 
3. (SBU) Balykina elaborated that only $740 million had been 
allocated for GP projects in 2008 ($297 million for chemical 
weapons destruction (CWD) and $443 million for nuclear 
submarine dismantlement), but at least $1 billion is needed. 
She said the GPWG meeting in Germany had brought to light 
problems with funding, timing, and coordination among the GP 
partners.  In particular, there had been no evident 
enthusiasm to increase financial pledges for existing 
projects.  She emphasized that submarine dismantlement in 
Russia's Far East is behind schedule and underfunded and that 
more funding is needed to complete Russia's CWD commitments 
by 2012 as required by the Chemical Weapons Convention.  In 
light of this, Balykina said it was premature to consider the 
U.S. proposal at this time. 
 
4. (SBU) Biryukov concluded by repeating his opening point 
that 2010 would be the earliest date at which Russia would 
wish to begin considering expanding and extending the GP. 
BURNS

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