C O N F I D E N T I A L TALLINN 000373
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/06/2017
TAGS: KCFE PARM PREL NATO RS EN
SUBJECT: ESTONIA SUPPORTS U.S. ON CFE TREATY
REF: A) STATE 75293 B) STATE77371
Classified By: ADCM Eric A Johnson for reasons 1.4 (b) & (d)
(C) On June 1, we delivered Ref A points to Arti Hilpus,
MFA Director for the First Political Department
(responsible for Security and Arms Control), on developing
a unified NATO response to Russia's request for an
extraordinary conference to discuss the CFE (Conventional
Forces in Europe) Treaty concerns. On June 6, Hilpus
informed us that Estonia fully agrees with the U.S.
position and strongly believes that NATO needs a unified
response to Russia's recent "misleading and unfortunate"
statements on the CFE Treaty. It is still Estonia's
intention of acceding to the Treaty once the adapted CFE
Treaty is in force. However, Hilpus was unwilling to
discuss the details of Estonia's accession and possible
national commitments before the adapted CFE Treaty is in
force. On June 6, we delivered Ref B points to Kristjan
Priik, Second Secretary in the MFA's First Political
Department. Priik said the MFA would have a response to
these additional points by June 7.