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Cablegate: Mfa Airs Unscr 1540 Concerns at Exbs Meeting

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SUBJECT: MFA AIRS UNSCR 1540 CONCERNS AT EXBS MEETING

1. Begin summary: On Tuesday, December 8, the EXBS Advisor and
EXBS Assistant met with representatives of the export controls
section within the Security and Disarmament Department of the
Russian Foreign Ministry. During this meeting, MFA took the
opportunity to raise concerns about issues related to implementation
of UNSCR 1540 and arms control compliance - items outside the focus
of the meeting agenda. End summary.

2. Present were the Deputy Director of the Security and Disarmament
Department, Grigory Ivanovich Mashkov; Anatoliy Mikhailovich
Bulochnikov, Advisor; and Alexander Odoevskiy, Attache. The purpose
of the meeting was to receive MFA's feedback on the proposed agenda
for the February 2-3, 2010 Program Review and February 4 Export
Licensing Exchange in Washington. MFA requested that the following
topics be added to the first day's discussions: Nuclear Suppliers
Group; Zangger Committee; Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear
Terrorism; MTCR; Hague Code of Conduct; International Missile
Experts' Group; Australia Group; Wassenaar Arrangement.
Additionally, we had sent MFA a summary table of FY08, FY09, and
FY10 program activities ahead of the meeting for their review and
approval. The discussion lasted a little under an hour, and was
generally productive.

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Concerning UNSCR 1540
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3. In the past, MFA has used the occasion of our discussions to
bring up topics which are not within the strict purview of the EXBS
program. Such was the case on this day. Mashkov spoke about the
U.S. view on creating a multilateral fund to support implementation
of UN Security Council Resolution 1540. Referring to his numerous
exchanges with the U.S. 1540 Coordinator, Thomas Wuchte, Mashkov
said he was disappointed that he had only recently received a reply
to his message sent March 2009 expressing concerns about the
usefulness and necessity of such a fund. Mashkov complained that
the U.S. response was merely a formal reply that did not address the
Russian side's concerns over justification for use of the money. He
said that the fund would be used simply to hire more bureaucrats and
would not accomplish anything substantive.
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Concerning compliance
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4. Mr. Mashkov also made a passing comment about the U.S. 2005 arms
control compliance report, which he characterized as a "complicating
element" in U.S.-Russian bilateral relations. He asserted that the
report accuses Russia of violations which Russia did not commit. He
did not provide clarification as to what the alleged violations
were.
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Concerning MFA personnel changes
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5. Mashkov told us that Alexander Mikhailovich Deineko, who had
been serving as head of the export controls section, had been
promoted to a position with responsibility for military-technical
cooperation within the Security and Disarmament Department of the
Foreign Ministry.

BEYRLE

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