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Cablegate: Dfm Karasin: Concern Over Pakistan Nuclear

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OO RUEHPW
DE RUEHMO #2584 2410909
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 280909Z AUG 08
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9746
INFO RUCNAFG/AFGHANISTAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002584

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/27/2018
TAGS: PREL KNDP PGOV PTER RS PK
SUBJECT: DFM KARASIN: CONCERN OVER PAKISTAN NUCLEAR
STABILITY

REF: A. (A) MOSCOW 2575
B. (B) STATE 88734

Classified By: Ambassador John R. Beyrle: Reasons 1.4 (b, d).

1. (C) At the end of an August 27 meeting focused on
Georgia (reftel), Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin
told the Ambassador that Russia was very concerned about
events in Pakistan. In the wake of Musharraf's resignation,
and with the departure of Nawaz Sharif from the coalition,
"chaos reigned." Russia was "worried" about the recent
political developments, with Karasin stressing Russia's
proximity to the South Asian nuclear power. Karasin
requested further information on U.S. views of Pakistan
political developments, including the U.S. assessment of "how
Russia should interpret the situation with respect to
Pakistan's nuclear weapons."

2. (C) Action Request: We appreciate any additional
guidance beyond Ref B that can be shared with Karasin's
office.
BEYRLE

=======================CABLE ENDS============================

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