C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 000595
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/19/2017
TAGS: NATO KCFE PARM PREL LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIAN RESPONSE TO U.S. NON-PAPER ON ADAPTED
REF: STATE 116194
Classified By: DCM DAMIAN LEADER FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)
Â¶1. (C) We delivered reftel non-paper to Algis Dabkus,
Director of the Security Policy Department at the MFA.
Dabkus expressed surprise at the fast-paced timeline. He
said that the GOL has always been willing to ratify the
Adapted CFE Treaty once the Istanbul Commitments are met.
Â¶2. (C) Dabkus said the GOL would need time to look over the
non-paper before providing significant feedback; it would
require deep analysis. He promised a more detailed response
and more questions prepared in time for the bilateral CFE
meeting on August 29 with the USG Delegation led by DAS Karin
Look. Dabkus asked if Lithuania would have a seat at the
table if the consultations on Baltic/Slovenian accession to
Adapted CFE took place in the framework of the CFE Joint
Consultative Group and not at the NATO-Russia Council.
Â¶3. (C) On a related subject, Dabkus asked if the USG was
aware of a meeting to be hosted October 1 by the German
Foreign Minister on the CFE treaty, and showed us the
invitation sent to FM Vaitiekunas. Dabkus asked how this
meeting fits in with the USG timeline. We responded that we
would need to get back to him on these questions.