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Cablegate: Entry Into Force Note for Protocols To

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TO AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0000

UNCLAS STATE 134444

SIPDIS
MOSCOW FOR POL-MIL AND DTRO-M

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: RS
SUBJECT: ENTRY INTO FORCE NOTE FOR PROTOCOLS TO
U.S.-RUSSIA CTR UMBRELLA AGREEMENT

1. This is an action request; please see para 3 for action.

2. Background: On June 16, 2006, then-Ambassador William
Burns and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Kislyak
signed a protocol extending the U.S.-Russia Cooperative
Threat Reduction (CTR) Umbrella Agreement (formal title:
Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United
States of America concerning the Safe and Secure
Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the
Prevention of Weapons Proliferation). On July 2, 2008, the
Russian Federation Duma ratified the 2006 Extension Protocol
and the 1999 Extension Protocol to the CTR Umbrella
Agreement. On August 15, 2008, the Department of
International Security and Disarmament of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation passed to Embassy
Moscow the note at paragraph 4, indicating as a result of
Russian Duma ratification on July 2, 2008, that the Russian
Federation is prepared for entry into force of the
aforementioned extension protocol, and its 1999 predecessor.

3. Action request: Post is requested to present, under
cover of a diplomatic note, the text at para 4 to appropriate
host government officials. Post is requested to confirm this
action and pass a scanned copy of the outgoing Embassy note
to Lois Allder, L/T, at allderll@state.gov. Post assistance
is appreciated.

4. Text of diplomatic note for presentation:

The Embassy of the United States of America presents its
compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian
Federation and, referring to the Ministry's note No 6995/DVBR
dated August 15, 2008, wishes to inform the Ministry that the
United States of America has completed all applicable
procedures required for entry into force of the Protocol to
the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United
States of America concerning the Safe and Secure
Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the
Prevention of Weapons Proliferation signed at Moscow and
Washington on June 15 and 16, 1999 (the 1999 Protocol) and
the Protocol to the Agreement between the Russian Federation
and the United States of America concerning the Safe and
Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and
the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation signed at Moscow and
Washington signed at Moscow on June 16, 2006 (the 2006
Protocol). Both protocols pertain to the Agreement between
the Russian Federation and the United States of America
concerning the Safe and Secure Transportation, Storage and
Destruction of Weapons and the Prevention of Weapons
Proliferation of June 17, 1992.

The Embassy confirms that the 1999 Protocol, in accordance
with Article 7 thereof, and the 2006 Protocol, in accordance
with Article 3 thereof, have entered into force upon
presentation of this note.

The Embassy of the United States of America avails itself of
this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Georgia the assurances of its highest consideration.

5. Text of incoming Russian diplomatic note:
No. 6995/DVBR
August 15, 2008
Moscow

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian
Federation presents its compliments to the Embassy of the
United States of America and, referring to the Protocol to
the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the United
States of America concerning the Safe and Secure
Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and the
Prevention of Weapons Proliferation signed at Moscow and
Washington on June 15 and 16, 1999 (the 1999 Protocol) and
the Protocol to the Agreement between the Russian Federation
and the United States of America concerning the Safe and
Secure Transportation, Storage and Destruction of Weapons and
the Prevention of Weapons Proliferation signed at Moscow and
Washington of June 17, 1992 signed at Moscow on June 16, 2006
(the 2006 Protocol), has the honor to provide notification
that the Russian side has fulfilled the national procedures
required for their entry into force.

The Ministry presumes that the 1999 Protocol, in
accordance with Article 7 thereof, will enter into force on
the date of the notification in reply by the U.S. side that
it has fulfilled the required national procedures, and the
2006 Protocol, in accordance with Article 3 thereof, will
enter into force on the date of the Russian side,s receipt
of the relevant notification.

The Ministry avails itself of this opportunity to renew
to the Embassy the assurances of its high consideration

/stamp of the RF MFA/
RICE

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