07MOSCOW3232, MAYAK TRANSPARENCY AGREEMENT: JULY ROUND POSSIBLE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW3232 2007-07-02 14:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0033
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHMO #3232 1831428
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 021428Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1779
INFO RHEBAAA/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003232 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPARTMENT ALSO FOR ISN/FM -- AMB. GUHIN AND MEGGEN WATT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/02/2017 
TAGS: ENRG KNNP PREL PARM TRGY RS
SUBJECT: MAYAK TRANSPARENCY AGREEMENT: JULY ROUND POSSIBLE 
 
REF: STATE 25072 
 
Classified By: EST Counselor Daniel J. O'Grady.  Reasons: 1.4 (b,d) 
 
1. (C) Both in the meetings of the plutonium disposition 
negotiations (June 19-20 in Moscow) and on their margins, 
Ambassador Guhin raised the Mayak transparency agreement with 
Rosatom Deputy Director Ivan Kamenskikh and Head of the 
Department of International Relations Vladimir Kuchinov, 
urging that negotiations be reconvened and completed promptly 
in July, before Senator Lugar's visit in August.  He noted 
that the US provided comments on the entire package (umbrella 
agreement, liability protocol, and technical annexes) in late 
February (reftel) and need Russia's response, and that both 
sides had an interest in concluding these negotiations 
without delay. 
 
2. (C) On the margins and then in the plenary (see below), 
Kuchinov explained that Rosatom had just received comments 
from the interagency, some of these went in different 
directions, and this required Rosatom to sort them out before 
responding to the U.S.  He anticipated that Russian comments 
would be ready soon, "surely by the end of June," and that 
the Russian side would be ready to meet sometime in July.  He 
also noted that completing negotiations by the time of 
Senator Lugar's visit could be difficult but not impossible, 
but said signature by that time was not possible given the 
formal and extensive ministerial-level review for 
Presidential approval for signature once the text is 
completed. 
 
3. (C) In the plenary, Kamenskikh ruminated about the high 
cost of operating the Mayak Fissible Material Storage 
Facility (FMSF) -- some 450 million rubles per year -- and 
appeared to suggest that the storage value was not 
commensurate with the cost.  In the meeting and particularly 
on the margins, U.S. Rep stressed that this was a major, 
important project and that the operational cost (really cheap 
by U.S. standards) or extent of use of the facility should 
not be in question.  He privately asked Kuchinov if 
Kamenskikh was suggesting otherwise and noted that, if so, 
this would be a big problem.  Kuchinov quickly responded that 
Kamenskikh was not and that the facility was being and would 
continue to be filled at least until 25 tons had been 
secured.  U.S. Rep maintained that the facility should be 
utilized to the full extent. 
RUSSELL

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