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Cablegate: Russia Agrees with U.S. Approach to India Civil Nuclear

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TAGS: ENRG KNNP KTIA PARM PREL IN RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA AGREES WITH U.S. APPROACH TO INDIA CIVIL NUCLEAR
COOPERATION INITIATIVE

REF: STATE 007192

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1. (SBU) On January 24, we delivered reftel points regarding the
status of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative to
Russia's MFA Directorate of Disarmament and Security Affairs (DVBR).
In a January 29 meeting, DVBR Division Chief Aleksey Karpov told us
that he understood the U.S. position and agreed that following a
step-by-step approach to the dissemination of the draft for an NSG
waiver was the best approach. He noted Russian concerns regarding
the NSG waiver decision for India: India's insistence on asking for
"special treatment" with respect to the IAEA safeguards agreement
and the continued lack of clarity in China's position.

2. (SBU) Karpov stated that solid support may be lacking from some
NSG members because of India's stance regarding the IAEA safeguards
agreement. He also speculated that many of the smaller NSG
countries would avoid taking a formal position, but would not block
consensus.

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