07MOSCOW3088, CFE: POINTS ON RUSSIAN DELAY IN CONDUCT OF US

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07MOSCOW3088 2007-06-25 15:05 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 003088 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/21/2017 
TAGS: ASEC PARM PREL KCFE RS BU HU NATO OSCE
SUBJECT: CFE:  POINTS ON RUSSIAN DELAY IN CONDUCT OF US 
INSPECTION DELIVERED 
 
REF: STATE 87928 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel A. Russell. Reasons 1.4 ( 
B/D). 
 
1.  (C) On June 23, DCM raised concerns about the Russian 
"force majeure" reply to the latest US request for a CFE 
inspection with MFA Office of Disarmament and Security 
Affairs Director Anatoliy Antonov.  Drawing upon reftel 
points, DCM reiterated US expectations that Russia would meet 
its treaty obligations and that the serious dialogue begun at 
the CFE Extraordinary Conference would continue within the 
context of full treaty implementation.  He asked for an 
explanation of Russia's invocation of "force majeure" and for 
more insight into Russia's intent. 
 
2.  (C) Antonov replied that no one should have been 
surprised by Russia's reply.  He had made clear both 
privately and publicly at the CFE Extraordinary Conference 
that, if no progress was made at the conference, Russia would 
take measures consistent with its national security 
interests.  Moreover, Russia has cited "force majeure" in 
response to the two most recent CFE inspection requests from 
Bulgaria and Hungary.  When pressed about the rationale 
behind "force majeure" and its exact application, Antonov 
stated simply that he had nothing more to add.  He did 
clarify that the intent was "something more" than a delay of 
the requested inspection by a few hours or days.  Regarding a 
unilateral suspension of Russia's CFE Treaty obligations, 
Antonov reiterated that no decision had yet been made. 
 
3.  (C) COMMENT:  We do not anticipate any flexibility in the 
Russian position on our request.  Taken together, the refusal 
to permit the three most recent requested CFE inspections are 
the first concrete indication of movement toward a full 
suspension of Russia's CFE Treaty implementation following 
the Extraordinary Conference. 
BURNS

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