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Title: TURKEY ON RUSSIA'S CFE CONCERNS AND HLTF

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07ANKARA13702007-06-04 13:53:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Ankara
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Dianne Wampler  06/06/2007 11:50:15 PM  From  DB/Inbox:  Dianne Wampler

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/04/2017 
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SUBJECT: TURKEY ON RUSSIA'S CFE CONCERNS AND HLTF 
 
REF: STATE 75293 
 
Classified By: Pol-Mil Counselor Carl Siebentritt for reasons 1.4 (b,d) 
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¶1. (C) We shared reftel points with MFA Deputy Director 
General for Arms Control and Disarmament Ahmet Muhtar Gun on 
June 1.  Gun subsequently called us in on June 4 to provide 
MFA feedback in advance of the HLTF meeting.  Gun reported 
that the Russians had circulated a second, more focused paper 
in Vienna proposing elements of a concluding document for the 
Vienna conference.  For the MFA, Gun said, the second Russian 
paper is a "non-starter."  Turkey's principal redline is any 
attempt to change or eliminate the CFE flank regime.  The 
Russian paper mentions the flank issue in three places in a 
manner Turkey finds "outrageous." 
 
¶2. (C) Turkey will press for a strong, unified allied 
position at the HLTF to head off divisive Russian tactics. 
The allies must be direct and frank with Russia on what can 
and cannot be done.  The CFE regime must be preserved at all 
costs.  At the same time, Gun stated, allies must be ready to 
discuss any areas in which Russia could be accommodated 
without harming core treaty interests.  When asked about the 
Istanbul Commitments, Gun said the Germans had put forth a 
roadmap for reviewing those commitments with the Russians and 
offering faster allied ratification of the Adapted Treaty as 
the Russians fulfill the ICs.  Gun saw value in such a tactic 
but agreed it should be discussed further among allies 
beforehand. 
 
¶3. (C) Gun said his delegation will propose the following at 
the HLTF: 
 
-- allies may wish to consider circulating a paper to counter 
the Russian one; 
 
-- allies need to agree on the elements of a unified 
position, then press those points in public.  Turkey is not 
opposed to a joint declaration, but at a minimum allies 
should come up with agreed building block points for the 
public. 
 
-- Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, which are 
specifically named in the Russian paper, should take the 
floor and explain their positions.  The rest of the allies 
should show strong support, including referring to positions 
already taken by the Baltic allies. 
 
-- Finally, if Russia goes through with its threat to 
withdraw from CFE, allies should be prepared to follow-up 
rapidly and constantly with each other. 
 
¶4. (C) Gun said Turkey will also be consulting with Germany. 
He welcomed any additional U.S. thinking on CFE in advance of 
the HLTF meeting and requested consultations with DAS Karin 
Look on the margins.  The Turkish delegation will arrive in 
Brussels early in the afternoon of June 6. 
 
Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/ankara/ 
 
WILSON