08MOSCOW1822, RUSSIA SUPPORTS STRONG MEASURES AGAINST PAKISTANI

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08MOSCOW1822 2008-06-26 10:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO3682
PP RUEHPW
DE RUEHMO #1822 1781028
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 261028Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8768
INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 2494

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001822 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/26/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER AF PK RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA SUPPORTS STRONG MEASURES AGAINST PAKISTANI 
EXTREMISTS 
 
Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Margaret Hawthorne for reason 
s 1.4 (b/d). 
 
1. (C) MFA Pakistan Desk Chief Andrey Starkov told us on June 
25 that Russia continued to advocate the use of strong 
measures against terrorists in Pakistan, and was concerned by 
the new government's "weak" approach to securing the tribal 
regions on the border with Afghanistan.  Starkov did not 
believe the Gilani government had a genuine plan to address 
the problem, and complained that making "gentlemen's 
agreements" with extremists ran counter to Pakistan's 
security interests.  He questioned Pakistan's reliance on the 
Frontier Corps, saying that they were insufficient to face 
Taliban and other insurgents that must be fought by the 
regular Army. 
 
2. (C) Starkov considered PM Gilani's reaction to the recent 
U.S. airstrike that killed Pakistani troops overly "harsh," 
and commented that such incidents were inevitable if Pakistan 
failed to take sufficient action against Taliban who used the 
country as a safe haven to launch attacks in Afghanistan. 
Starkov reiterated that whether in Pakistan or Afghanistan, 
the GOR supported U.S. counterterrorism efforts. 
 
3. (C) Starkov thought the future of Gilani's coalition 
government was unpredictable - it faced internal problems and 
had become too focused on the possibility of removing 
President Musharraf.  He said Army Chief of Staff General 
Kayani was handling the current situation shrewdly by 
"sitting on the fence" regarding Musharraf's future, and 
predicted that Musharraf would "struggle to the end" to 
retain his position.  Starkov explained that the GOR 
continued to support Musharraf, who remained Pakistan's best 
hope for fighting extremists. 
 
4. (C) Starkov said Russia-Pakistan bilateral contacts 
remained limited.  Their counter-terrorism working group was 
expected to hold its fourth annual meeting by the end of 
2008, while ministerial level consultations, which were last 
held in Moscow in June 2006, might next take place in 
Islamabad in 2009. 
RUSSELL

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