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Cablegate: Russia On Iran's Upcoming Nuclear Conference On 30

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TAGS: AORC PREL MNUC TRGY IR RS
SUBJECT: RUSSIA ON IRAN'S UPCOMING NUCLEAR CONFERENCE ON 30
NOVEMBER 2008

REF: STATE 112229

(SBU) On October 27 ESToff delivered reftel non-paper
regarding Iran's upcoming international conference on nuclear
energy, the environment and sustainable development to MFA
Head of the Iranian Desk Maxim A. Baranov. An experienced
regional expert on Iran and Afghanistan, Baranov remarked
that he had heard nothing about this conference, but that he
would report the information to his superiors. He commented
that as no one had been invited, he could not say what
influence the GOR might have on any potential attendee.
Baranov said that based on his years living in Tehran as a
Russian commercial expert and diplomat, he was not surprised
that the Iranians would hold such a conference. "The
Iranians love conferences" he said. He indicated that often,
these conferences are arranged by universities as a mechanism
for the more advanced students to organize and manage such
events, not necessarily for what actually comes out of the
conference itself.
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