08MOSCOW1832, FOLLOW-UP MECHANISM TO SOCHI COMMITMENTS: GOOD

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08MOSCOW1832 2008-06-27 11:06 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO4871
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHMO #1832 1791106
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 271106Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8782
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001832 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2018 
TAGS: PREL KDEM PGOV PHUM RS
SUBJECT: FOLLOW-UP MECHANISM TO SOCHI COMMITMENTS: GOOD 
GOVERNANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS 
 
REF: STATE 67965 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Daniel A. Russell.  Reasons 1.4(b)(d) 
 
(C) On July 26, Charge delivered to acting Deputy Foreign 
Minister Neverov (DFM Kislyak is in Japan) the US proposal 
for a follow up discussion on respect for the rule of law, 
international law, human rights, tolerance of diversity, 
political freedom and a free market approach to economic 
policy and practices as stated in the Strategic Framework 
Declaration announced during the presidential summit in 
Sochi.  Charge drew upon the points in reftel to explain this 
initiative in detail.  Neverov said that the US proposal 
would receive careful consideration by the Russian side and 
an answer would be forthcoming on scope, participants, agenda 
and timing.  While a formal Russian response would take some 
time, Neverov made several preliminary observations.  The 
Russian Government is quite satisfied with the results of the 
nongovernmental democracy and human rights dialogue between 
Russian Federation Ombudsman Lukin and the Carnegie 
endowment's Jessica Matthews.  Lukin and Matthews have 
convened the forum and made recommendations; Lukin has access 
to both the presidential administration and the President 
personally.  Neverov therefore expected Russian interlocutors 
to question the "value added" of a government-to-government 
track on largely the same issues.  He also questioned the 
inclusion of "a free market approach to economic policy and 
practices"; this would duplicate the work of another Sochi 
initiative, the government-to-government economic dialogue 
chaired by Under Secretary Jeffery and DFM Denisov.  On 
timing, Neverov doubted that a late July timeframe would be 
doable, given the G-8 Summit and the MFA,s heavy schedule of 
other international commitments. 
RUSSELL

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