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Cablegate: Demarche Delivered: Russia Sees Increased U.S.

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ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 261403Z SEP 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4167
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

UNCLAS MOSCOW 004725

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TAGS: PREL PGOV PARM PBTS PHSA SENC ECON EWWT BU
AJ, GG, MD, GR, UP, TU, RO, RS
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE DELIVERED: RUSSIA SEES INCREASED U.S.
ROLE AS "GOOD OPPORTUNITY" IN BLACK SEA REGION

REF: SECSTATE 132171

1. (SBU) We delivered reftel demarche to Black Sea Economic
Cooperation Division Second Secretary Aleksandar Fedorinov on
September 26. He told us that Russia sees the Black Sea
Economic Forum as the best way to increase multilateral
cooperation in the region, noting that some of its working
groups deal directly with the strategic interests mentioned
in reftel. The ring highway of the region, Fedorinov noted
as an example, was a GOR initiative during their 2006
presidency and will help with the physical transport of goods
and people. The GOR sees economic cooperation as the best
way to promote security, democracy, and human rights in the
region, and Fedorinov told us that the U.S.'s increased
participation is "a good opportunity" for practical results.

2. (SBU) Fedorinov told us the GOR sees the completion of
the Black Sea Energy Ring as the best way to ensure increased
energy security in the region. He said that coordination of
the three different energy networks used in the region could
be completed late this year. While regional multilateral
organizations are not now playing a major role in pipeline
development, Fedorinov told us their role may increase in the
future.
Russell

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