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Cablegate: Briefing Azerbaijan On U.S. Proposals On Md, Cfe

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SUBJECT: BRIEFING AZERBAIJAN ON U.S. PROPOSALS ON MD, CFE

REF: STATE 159773

(SBU) Per reftel, Emboffs briefed Azerbaijani Government
officials on recent discussions with Russia regarding Missile
Defense and the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty,
leaving the points in paras five and six as nonpapers. In a
November 30 meeting, Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor
Novruz Mammadov said that he appreciated the United States'
efforts to keep Azerbaijan informed of its missile defense
discussions with Russia, particularly those that involve any
plans to incorporate Azerbaijan's Gabala radar station into a
new regional missile defense architecture. He said that he
would appreciate a readout of the November 26 informal
discussions in Washington, and also noted that Russian
Defense Minister Serdyukov had visited the Gabala radar
station on November 28. Mammadov said he did not yet have a
readout of the visit. (We will provide septel a readout of
Serdyukov's visit from the Russian Ambassador.) Poloff
separately briefed MFA International Security Department
Deputy Director Yusuf Mammadaliyev on the Missile Defense and
CFE discussions in a November 28 meeting. Mammadaliyev had
no substantive comment, but promised to share the nonpapers
with Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov, who oversees
Azerbaijani policy in these areas.
LU

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