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Title: JCIC-XXXIII: (U) RUSSIAN CLOSING STATEMENT,

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXIII:  (U) RUSSIAN CLOSING STATEMENT, 
NOVEMBER 21, 2008 
 
Classified By:  Jerry A. Taylor, United States Representative 
to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission. 
Reasons:  1.5(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) This is JCIC-XXXIII-028. 
 
¶2.  (U) At Paragraph 3 below is the official translation of 
the Russian Statement that was deliverd at the Closing 
Plenary Meeting of the Thirty-third Session of the START 
Treaty's Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission (JCIC), 
held at the U.S. Mission on November 21, 2008. 
 
¶3. (S) Begin text: 
 
                       Official Translation 
 
Statement 
by the Representative of the Russian Federation 
 
      Esteemed Colleagues, 
 
      Today we are summing up the results of the Thirty-third 
Session of the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission for 
the START Treaty. 
 
      In the Russian side's view, the session took place in a 
business-like and constructive atmosphere and made possible a 
substantive discussion of the problematic issues related to 
implementation of the Treaty by the Parties. 
 
I 
 
      During this session the Treaty Parties, represented by 
the Delegations of Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Russian 
Federation, Ukraine, and the U.S., fulfilled the requirement 
of paragraph 2 of Article XVII of the Treaty and held a 
meeting within the framework of the Commission "to consider 
whether this Treaty will be extended."  We will report the 
results of the meeting to Moscow, bearing in mind that the 
final decision regarding the future of the START Treaty will 
be made at a later time.  We would remind you of the proposal 
made by A. Antonov, Director of the Security and Disarmament 
Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to 
hold informal consultations on this issue.  We will await a 
response from our partners. 
 
      Work was done on preparing drafts of a JCIC Agreement 
and letters of exchange governing the procedures for 
completion of continuous monitoring at the portal of the 
Votkinsk Machine Building Plant.  Our Delegation's lawyers 
made a major contribution to working out these drafts. 
 
      During the intersessional period the Russian side will 
prepare its version of the accord and will send it to 
Washington and Minsk for consideration, with the expectation 
that the whole package of documents would be signed at the 
next JCIC session.  We believe that its initialing at the 
next session of the Commission could be planned for the 
spring of 2009 so that after the necessary legal basis has 
been finalized, the U.S. side would still have more than half 
a year to arrange for the removal of the inspection team's 
property from Russian territory and for the departure of the 
monitors from Udmurtia no later than December 5, 2009, as 
provided for by the Treaty. 
 
II 
 
      The group of issues related to reentry vehicle 
inspections of Russian and U.S. ICBMs was also considered. 
 
      We would like to believe that the detailed discussion 
held on a possible option for verifying Minuteman III ICBM 
front sections will facilitate progress in resolving this 
problem, the most "ancient" one on the negotiating table. 
 
      For its part, the Russian side will continue working to 
see what can be done to resolve U.S. concerns over 
verification procedures for the front section of the SS-27 
ICBM. 
 
III 
 
      We believe that a number of issues on the Commission's 
agenda require further work during the intersessional period 
and consideration at the next session.  Among these we 
include the problem of conversion of 50 Peacekeeper ICBM silo 
launchers into Minuteman III ICBM launchers.  We are awaiting 
a response from the U.S. side. 
 
      The problem of conversion of B-1B heavy bombers to a 
non-nuclear variant has not been completely settled.  We urge 
the U.S. side to resolve this issue in such a way that the 
Treaty Parties have no doubt that the converted heavy bombers 
are not capable of carrying nuclear weapons.  We are taking 
the document tabled by the U.S. at the end of this round back 
with us for study.  We will provide a response through 
diplomatic channels. 
 
      Regrettably, at this session it was not possible to 
resolve our concerns over U.S. activities at Courtland. 
 
      We also hope that the issue of inspecting B-52 heavy 
bombers at Davis-Monthan will be resolved once and for all. 
It would seem that at this session a good foundation for this 
has been created. 
 
      It seems that the discussions held on these complex 
issues will help the Parties to find a mutually acceptable 
solution.  We propose that the sides work hard during the 
intersessional period so as not to lose the momentum gained 
at this session. 
 
IV 
 
      The Ukrainian side placed a new issue on the agenda. 
The discussions held identified differences in the Parties' 
interpretation of the term "former type."  Thorough legal 
analysis of the document submitted by Ukraine will be 
required and this too will be homework for us. 
 
* * * 
 
In conclusion, allow me to thank all the participants in this 
session for their productive cooperation, to wish everyone 
who is returning home a good trip, and to express the hope 
that our successful joint work will continue. 
 
End text. 
 
¶4.  (U) Taylor sends. 
TICHENOR 
 
 
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