07MOSCOW3207, MOSCOW LOWERS CHAVEZ VISIT PROFILE

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07MOSCOW3207 2007-06-29 13:43 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO9617
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #3207 1801343
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 291343Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1748
INFO RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA PRIORITY 0286
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS PRIORITY 0232

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003207 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/29/2017 
TAGS: PREL MARR ECON RS
SUBJECT: MOSCOW LOWERS CHAVEZ VISIT PROFILE 
 
REF: MOSCOW 3139 
 
Classified By: Political M/C Alice G. Wells.  Reasons 1,4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  Amid media reports that the Kremlin is 
attempting to keep a leash on the firebrand Venezuelan leader 
in the lead up to the Kennebunkport summit, Hugo Chavez held 
a low-key meeting with President Putin on June 28.  The 
tete-a-tete meeting presumably covered two important agenda 
items: arms sales and energy, but no contracts or 
deliverables were announced.  While Chavez used the opening 
of the Simon Bolivar Latin cultural Center in Moscow to 
accuse the U.S. of "imposing tyranny", he did not have an 
opportunity to address the Russian Parliament, but was 
limited to a closed session with a smaller group of lawmakers 
and a one-on-one meeting with Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov. 
Chavez is scheduled to stop over at the Belorusian capital 
Minsk before flying to Rostov-on-Don later today.  End 
summary. 
 
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Kremlin Lowers Profile 
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2.  (SBU) In contrast to the abundant pre-visit press 
coverage of the Venezuelan President, both electronic and 
print media have been low-key on the actual visit, with 
little reported on the late night Putin-Chavez meeting on 
June 28.  Several daily newspapers, including Kommersant and 
Nezavisimaya Gazeta, commented that the Kremlin is taking 
steps to minimize U.S. irritation over the Venezuelan 
leader's visit. 
 
3.  (C) In contrast to the pre-visit hype on energy and arms 
contracts, the GOR has played down the prospect of 
deliverables.  Anatoliy Sokolov, Senior Counselor at the MFA 
Venezuela Desk, told us June 29 that the two presidents' 
"long" meeting at the Putin's retreat in Novo Ogaryovo last 
night went "very well," and the two leaders covered all 
bilateral issues.  While he confirmed that energy was on the 
agenda, Sokolov said the result of the tete-a-tete meeting 
would be known only next week.  Ivan Safranchuk, Chief 
Defense Analyst at the World Security Institute, recalling a 
similarly controversial visit from Syria a few years ago, 
noted that announcements of arms contracts signing could come 
well after the visit.  Vladimir Milov, Institute for Energy 
Policy, and a well-connected industry insider, confirmed that 
Putin and Chavez discussed "routine" energy issues, including 
exploration, gasification, and the Venezuela-Brazil-Argentina 
pipeline, but stressed that no breakthroughs or surprises 
related to energy policy or security occurred. 
 
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Duma Downplayed 
--------------- 
 
4.  (U) Whether Chavez would be allowed to address the State 
Duma's plenary session sparked a public dispute among Duma 
deputies.  Rather than granting Chavez the privilege of 
addressing the plenary, the Duma Council limited Chavez's 
interaction to a one-on-one with Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov, 
followed by a meeting with Duma deputies in a smaller hall 
which reportedly holds about 40 people.  An effort by the 
Communists to overturn the measure was soundly defeated (123 
to 210) at the ruling party's urging.  In the end, both 
meetings were closed to the press. 
 
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Chavez Unplugged 
---------------- 
 
5.  (U) In his one unscripted event prior to meeting Putin, 
Chavez used the opening of the Simon Bolivar Center to 
denounce the U.S.'s "imperial hegemony" and to call for a 
strong Russia to "recreate" a multipolar world.  Aiming at 
portraying Venezuela as a bastion of defiance of the U.S., 
Chavez emphasized Venezuela's solidarity with the Kremlin 
leadership.  During his speech there, Chavez denied that he 
came to Moscow for weaponry contracts. 
 
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Comment 
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6.  (C) While certain groups -- in the Duma, media and public 
-- have played up Chavez's anti-U.S., pro-Russia rhetoric, 
the GOR clearly is mindful of the upcoming U.S.-Russia summit 
and attempting to keep the Venezuelan leader in check. 
RUSSELL

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