07MOSCOW2860, SUMMIT TIDBITS: PUTIN WITH SAAKASHVILI AND VORININ

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07MOSCOW2860 2007-06-15 06:15 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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O 150615Z JUN 07 ZDK
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1227
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002860 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/14/2017 
TAGS: PREL PBTS MARR GG MD RS
SUBJECT: SUMMIT TIDBITS:  PUTIN WITH SAAKASHVILI AND VORININ 
 
REF: STATE 79597 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns.  Reason:  1.4 (b, d) 
 
Summary 
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1. (C) Russian MFA and Security Council readouts of President 
Putin's meetings with Presidents Saakashvili of Georgia and 
Voronin of Moldova at the Commonwealth of Independent States 
Summit stressed their constructive and friendly atmosphere. 
Concrete results were not noted, however.  The MFA has been 
given carte blanche to negotiate relaxation of Russian 
sanctions on Georgia.  End Summary. 
 
Georgia 
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2.  (C) Both MFA and Security Council told us the June 9 
Putin-Saakashvili meeting was "constructive."  DFM Karasin 
highlighted for the Ambassador Putin's reaffirmation of 
support for Georgia's territorial integrity, adding that the 
principle must be applied "consistently" (i.e., in Serbia). 
Karasin said the GOR is looking at ways to ease sanctions 
against Georgia, but stressed there is no timetable for doing 
so. 
 
3. (C) MFA 4th CIS Deputy Director Tarabrin added that Putin 
has given the MFA carte blanche to negotiate relaxation of 
the sanctions.  He said steps in that direction will still 
need Putin's personal approval, but implied that Putin would 
bless any agreement reached between FMs Lavrov and 
Beshuashvili.  Normalization will be slow, according to 
Security Council official Andrey Kuzin.  Tarabrin gave an 
example of the pace to be expected:  the Verkhniy 
Lars/Kazbegi border crossing, closed by the Russians last 
July for "repairs," will reopen only in the fourth quarter of 
2008. 
 
4. (C) Kuzin stressed that normalization can only come with 
serious negotiations, and that means compromise on both 
sides, not just "smiles and pleasant table-talk."  We pointed 
out that it is the Russian side that has taken concrete 
actions against Georgia -- sanctions, border closures, etc. 
-- while the Georgian behavior to which Russia objects has 
been rhetoric.  "Words are deeds," Kuzin replied.  "The 
tonality Georgia uses is the problem." 
 
5. (C) Kuzin, who was in the Russian needs assessment 
delegation to South Ossetia last month, faulted the Georgians 
for the recent flare-up over interruption of the flow of 
water to Tskhinvali.  "The Georgian farmers may tap into the 
pipes every year," he said, "but now the Georgians have 
trumpeted their new administration in their enclaves; that 
administration needs to keep order."  Kuzin regretted that 
Minister for Conflict Resolution Antadze had not accompanied 
the Georgian delegation to Tskhinvali.  Russia will continue 
to fund humanitarian assistance, he said, and will continue 
to invite Georgian participation in its missions. 
 
Moldova 
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6. (C) Kuzin said the Putin-Voronin meeting was very brief, 
and could not be construed as a "negotiation."  We outlined 
for him the contents of the Burns-Karasin letter on 
internationalizing the Transnistria PKF (reftel).  Kuzin had 
heard of the letter, but had not seen it.  Kuzin asked why 
one would need to change the PKF, since it has succeeded at 
its task.  We pointed out that a PKF in accordance with the 
Istanbul Commitments can be of great benefit.  Kuzin said 
this issue is now bound up with the "refusal" by new members 
of NATO -- those who have joined since 1999 -- to accede to 
CFE.  Kuzin ended the discussion on Moldova by urging the 
U.S. to talk directly with the Tiraspol authorities as we 
frequently talk to those in Sukhumi, Tskhinvali and 
Stepanakert. 
BURNS

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