07MOSCOW3023, DFM KISLYAK ON PRE-KENNEBUNKPORT PREPARATIONS,

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07MOSCOW3023 2007-06-21 13:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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DE RUEHMO #3023 1721306
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O 211306Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1486

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003023 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/21/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV PARM RS
SUBJECT: DFM KISLYAK ON PRE-KENNEBUNKPORT PREPARATIONS, 
IRAN, DPRK, MD, CHAVEZ 
 
Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns.  Reasons:  1.4(B/D). 
 
1.  (C)  Summary:  In an hour-long meeting on June 20, the 
Ambassador and Deputy Foreign Minister Kislyak reviewed 
preparations for the Kennebunkport meeting between the 
presidents.  Kislyak said he was ready during his late-June 
Washington visit to work through outstanding issues on 
documents and the presidential checklist.  He asked for a 
quick reaction to the Russian draft joint statement on 
strategic arms.  Kislyak said he would be prepared to clarify 
President Putin's offer on the Qabala radar site.  He noted 
that FM Lavrov was in Tehran for a Caspian Sea ministerial, 
but did not expect significant bilateral exchanges with the 
Iranians, and would in any case emphasize to the Iranians 
that they should focus on meeting their obligations to the 
IAEA and UNSC, and engage seriously with Solana.  The 
Ambassador thanked Kislyak for Russia's role in facilitating 
the transfer of DPRK funds from Banco Delta Asia and stressed 
that Washington would pay careful attention to next week's 
Moscow visit by Venezuelan President Chavez.  End Summary. 
 
2.  (C)  Kislyak's Washington Visit:  Kislyak said he looked 
forward to his meetings with A/S Rood and other officials in 
Washington.  Kislyak noted that he would be coming directly 
from his meetings with Special Envoy Joseph in Vienna and 
would be available the afternoon of June 28 and all of June 
29.  Kislyak hoped to work through the documents being 
prepared on nuclear cooperation.  He said he would be 
accompanied by General Buzhinskiy, MOD Director for 
International Military Cooperation, who would be in 
Washington for consultations on the Joint Data Exchange 
Center. 
 
3.  (C)  Post-START arrangements:  Kislyak reiterated 
Russia's impatience with the lack of a response from the U.S. 
on a joint statement on post-START arrangements.  Kislyak 
said the Russian draft joint statement on strategic arms was 
designed to spur the process.  Kislyak stressed that Russia's 
interagency process was complicated too, and the time for 
finalizing drafts was growing short.  Kislyak would not be in 
the office after June 22 to work the process directly.  On 
format, he noted the GOR's continuing strong preference for 
one document to be issued around the time of the presidential 
meeting to address nuclear issues. 
 
4.  (C)  Presidential Checklist/200th Anniversary document: 
Kislyak said he intended to share draft language on 
presidential libraries by June 22.  He was prepared to engage 
on any other outstanding checklist items when he was in 
Washington.  Kislyak also offered to provide a "simple" draft 
statement on June 22 regarding commemorating the 200th 
anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and the 
U.S. 
 
5.  (C)  Missile Defense:  Kislyak noted that he and General 
Buzhinskiy would be willing to provide clarifications on 
Russia's offer on the Qabala radar site during their 
Washington visit.  Formal talks between experts would depend 
on a clear mandate from the presidents at Kennebunkport that 
spelled out what the experts were to do.  Otherwise, Kislyak 
noted, the experts could waste time arguing over the mandate 
rather than focusing on the task at hand. 
 
6.  (C)  Iran:  The Ambassador noted that FM Lavrov was in 
Tehran for a Caspian Sea ministerial.  Kislyak said he did 
not expect significant bilateral exchanges with the Iranians, 
and Lavrov would in any case emphasize to the Iranians that 
they should focus on meeting their obligations to the IAEA 
and UNSC, and engage seriously with Solana.  Turning to 
Iran's nuclear strategy, he noted European speculation that 
Tehran might be pursuing a level of enrichment capability 
that would be sufficient to demonstrate that Iran's program 
was "irreversible." Tehran would then stop adding centrifuges 
and be willing to negotiate a cap on its program.  Kislyak 
stressed that the GOR had no "special clue" on this issue. 
 
7.  (C)  Chavez:  Kislyak confirmed that Venezuelan President 
Hugo Chavez would visit Moscow in advance of the 
Kennebunkport meeting.  He acknowledged the Ambassador's 
point that the content and atmospherics of Chavez's visit 
would be watched carefully in Washington. 
 
8.  (C)  DPRK Funds Transfer:  The Ambassador thanked the GOR 
for its assistance in facilitating the transfer of DPRK funds 
from Banco Delta Asia.  Kislyak said that the transfer from 
the Russian Central Bank to a bank in the Russian Far East 
may have occurred earlier in the day, but in any case would 
be completed on June 21. 
BURNS

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