07MOSCOW3494, RUSSIANS ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS AND CCW

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MOSCOW3494 2007-07-17 13:38 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXYZ0003
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DE RUEHMO #3494 1981338
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 171338Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2136
INFO RUEHBJ/AMEMBASSY BEIJING PRIORITY 4262
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 2271
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHMFISS/CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 003494 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/17/2017 
TAGS: MOPS NATO PARM PREL CH PK RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIANS ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS AND CCW 
 
REF: A. MOSCOW 2693 
 
     B. STATE 73160 
 
Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Daniel A. Russell. Reasons 1.4 ( 
B/D). 
 
1.  (C) The Russians acknowledge that we have similar 
positions on cluster munitions and share the aim of keeping 
their discussion within the Convention on Conventional 
Weapons (CCW).  They also share our aim of trying to 
coordinate positions on cluster munitions well in advance of 
the November meeting of states parties to the CCW. 
 
2.  (C) MFA Disarmament and Security Affairs Director 
Anatoliy Antonov, however, told DCM July 12 that the Russian 
side simply did not understand the US decision to seek a new 
negotiating mandate on cluster munitions within the CCW.  His 
principal question was about the US' desired outcome; he 
stressed that starting a process without a clear objective 
was not a recipe for success, particularly given the agendas 
of some other CCW states parties. 
 
3.  (C) Antonov asked for a food-for-thought paper on the US 
position and desired outcome as soon as possible, so that 
Russia could better understand our intent.  He suggested 
that, as a follow-up, the US consider sending technical 
experts to Moscow for discussions before November. 
BURNS

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