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09MOSCOW1764, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PATRIARCH KIRILL PROPOSES

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09MOSCOW1764 2009-07-08 14:51 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Moscow

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UNCLAS MOSCOW 001764 
 
SENSITIVE 
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PINR PREL KIRF SOCI RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PATRIARCH KIRILL PROPOSES 
STRONGER TIES BETWEEN U.S. AND RUSSIA 
 
1. (SBU)  Summary.  In advance of the July 6-8 visit to 
Moscow by President Obama, Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) 
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill welcomed stronger 
ties between the U.S. and Russia and proposed a religious 
component to international peace negotiations.  Kirill also 
pressed for a private meeting with the President during his 
visit.  The two did have a brief meeting on the margins of 
the luncheon hosted by President Medvedev.  End Summary. 
 
2. (SBU)  Patriarch Kirill hosted Ambassador on July 3 at his 
working residence on Chistiy Lane in central Moscow. 
Accompanying the Patriarch in the meeting were the Head of 
the Secretariat of the Moscow Patriarchate for Parishes and 
Organizations Abroad Bishop Mark of Yegorevsky, Deputy 
Chairman of the Department for External Relations Archpriest 
Nicholas Balashov, Acting Secretary for Issues Concerning the 
Far-Abroad Nations Priest Sergey Zvonarev, and Orthodox 
Church of America Representative to the Moscow Patriarchate 
Archimandrite Zacchaeus.  Against the backdrop of the 
upcoming July 6-8 Presidential Summit and the Patriarch's 
historical meeting with Patriarch of Constantinople 
Bartholomew, the Patriarch welcomed stronger ties between the 
United States and Russia.  He stressed that commonalties 
outnumber the differences between the peoples of the United 
States and Russia, and he expressed appreciation for 
continued and friendly cooperation of the countries' 
respective religious communities. 
 
3. (SBU)  Kirill expressed sincere interest in facilitating 
the integration of "new Russians" into American culture.  The 
Patriarch stated that Russian Orthodox missionaries brought 
Orthodoxy to the United States, a feat that paved the way for 
relations between Orthodox believers and those of other 
religions.  However, he noted that many former citizens of 
Russia and other FSU countries had experienced difficulty in 
adapting to life in the United States, and he hoped that the 
United States Government would be supportive of the efforts 
of the Orthodox Church of America (OCA) to help mitigate that 
adjustment.  He also noted that many former Soviet citizens, 
often incorrectly labeled as a "Russian mafia," no longer 
maintain ties to the ROC, but that these people should not be 
characterized as stereotypical of all Russian-speaking 
people. 
 
4. (SBU)  Kirill told the Ambassador about a proposal, 
jointly conceived with one of the Chief Rabbis of Israel, 
that would provide a helpful religious component to 
international peace negotiations.  Commenting that conflicts 
in numerous hot spots around the world persist with great 
social and religious tension, Kirill believed that 
international peace negotiators should cede some 
responsibilities to religious leaders, who could use their 
expertise in conflict resolution.  Kirill added that many 
Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian leaders supported the 
idea, and that he had already discussed it with United 
Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.  He hoped that either 
a prominent Christian or Jewish leader from the United States 
would join the ranks of supporters, and mentioned that Appeal 
of Conscience Foundation Director Arthur Schneier already 
backed the concept. 
 
5. (SBU)  Keenly interested in proving his equal stature with 
Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, who met with 
President Obama in Istanbul, Kirill pressed Ambassador to 
secure a meeting with POTUS during his July 6-8 visit.  While 
acknowledging the hectic nature of President Obama's 
schedule, Kirill saw a potential meeting as a true 
opportunity to show that there is social and cultural 
cooperation between Russia and the United States.  The 
Patriarch had requested a private meeting in the weeks 
leading up to the Obama-Medvedev summit in Moscow, and 
ultimately met with POTUS briefly following an official 
luncheon at the Kremlin on July 7. 
BEYRLE

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09MOSCOW1763, MEDVEDEV IN BAKU: NAGORNO-KARABAKH, ENERGY

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09MOSCOW1763 2009-07-08 12:22 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 MOSCOW 001763 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/08/2019 
TAGS: PREL PGOV ENRG RS AZ
SUBJECT: MEDVEDEV IN BAKU: NAGORNO-KARABAKH, ENERGY 
 
Classified By: A/Pol M/C David Kostelancik for reasons 1.4(b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) Summary.  In the wake of President Medvedev's visit 
to Baku June 29, Russia is optimistic that the 
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be resolved in the near future. 
 To effect that, Moscow plans no actions outside of the Minsk 
Group Process, which is organizing a meeting between the 
Armenian and Azerbaijan Presidents July 17 in Moscow to 
resolve the differences on the two principles the sides have 
yet to agree upon.  Russia agreed the SOCAR-Gazprom contract 
covered a "symbolic" volume of natural gas deliveries, but 
would (a) relieve Gazprom of delivering gas to Dagestan, (b) 
provide Russia with access to the Shah-Deniz gas production, 
and (c) let Gazprom develop gas fields on the Arctic shelf at 
a slower pace, but using its own means.  SOCAR agreed to put 
Gazprom in the first group of priority buyers, along with the 
Shah Deniz consortium member countries.  End Summary 
 
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Nagorno-Karabakh 
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2.  (C) In a meeting with visiting Under Secretary Burns July 
7, DFM Karasin was "unusually optimistic" about the chances 
to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh.  He welcomed the Minsk Group's 
proposal for a U.S.-Russia-France statement at the G8, and 
thought there was a good possibility that Sargsian and Aliyev 
could reach agreement on the principles at their meeting on 
the 17th, which would be a very important achievement. 
Karasin added that the Turkey-Armenia new "love affair" had 
Baku nervous, but said it was good and we should welcome it. 
He said he would be interested in any new ideas on how to 
proceed. 
 
3.  (C) MFA 4th CIS Director for Azerbaijan Andrei Krutko 
told us July 7 that Russia saw "great prospects" for a 
breakthrough in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  At 
the press conference following the four-hour meeting between 
President Medvedev and President Aliyev in Baku June 29, 
Medvedev said that there was "every chance" that the conflict 
could be resolved "in fairly short order."  He added that 
Russia stood ready to "do everything it could, along with 
other nations" to settle the conflict "as efficiently as 
possible," noting that there was no place in the issue for 
"petty jealousy" among the mediators. 
 
4.  (C) Krutko, who accompanied Medvedev to Baku but did not 
take part in the one-on-one discussion of Nagorno-Karabakh, 
echoed Medvedev's appeal that the parties resolve the 
conflict "within a strong international legal framework" and 
"without trying to invent something completely different," 
saying Russia had no plans outside of the Minsk Group 
co-chairs' plan for pursuing the conflict settlement.  Moscow 
placed high hopes on Azerbaijani President Aliyev and 
Armenian President Sargsian's July 17 meeting in Moscow at a 
horse-racing derby on the margins of the CIS informal summit 
July 18. 
 
5.  (C) Krutko said the July 17 talks would focus on the two 
Madrid Principles the sides have yet to agree upon, the 
question of the referendum and the Lachin corridor.  Krutko 
described the format of the July 17 meeting as a one-on-one 
between Sargsian and Aliyev, followed by a "2 plus 1" with 
Medvedev joining, after which the Foreign Ministers and at 
the end the Minsk Group co-chairs would be included. 
 
6.  (C) Krutko said Medvedev agreed to visit Baku at the June 
4-6 St. Petersburg Economic Forum, and called the trip the 
"routine" follow-on to Aliyev's April 17-18 visit to Moscow. 
 
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Energy 
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7.  (C) Krutko agreed that the gas deal signed by Russian and 
Azerbaijan energy companies Gazprom and SOCAR was largely 
symbolic in light of the small volume contracted, only 500 
million cubic meters (mcm).  However, he underscored that it 
would relieve Gazprom of delivering gas to Dagestan as an 
immediate benefit to Russia, and in the mid-term provide 
Russia with access to the Shah-Deniz gas production.  In 
addition, the budding gas cooperation allowed Gazprom in the 
long-term to develop gas fields on the Arctic shelf at a 
slower pace (10-15 years) but using its own means, rather 
than being forced to rely on currently elusive Western 
funding. 
 
MOSCOW 00001763  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
8.  (C) Krutko said that while Gazprom had not received the 
"right to first refusal" of Shah Deniz gas, SOCAR had agreed 
to put Gazprom in the first group of priority buyers, along 
with the Shah Deniz consortium member countries.  Given 
Gazprom's willingness to outbid Turkey for Azeri gas, Krutko 
felt certain that Russia would receive regular and increasing 
supplies of Azeri gas, possibly up to the connecting 
pipeline's limit of 6 billion cubic meters per year. 
 
9.  (C) Krutko said the USD 350/thousand cubic meter (tcm) 
price quoted in the press was incorrect, as the pricing would 
follow the European price (less transit and operating 
charges), which was indexed to oil prices with a nine-month 
lag.  USD 350/tcm would be the price if Russia were to 
receive the gas now; however, it was contracted for delivery 
starting January 2010, for which a lower price would result. 
BEYRLE

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