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Title: JCIC-XXXIII: (U) RUSSIAN OPENING PLENARY

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXIII:  (U) RUSSIAN OPENING PLENARY 
STATEMENT, NOVEMBER 13, 2008 
 
Classified By:  Jerry A. Taylor, United States Representative 
to the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission. 
Reasons:  1.4(b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (U) This is JCIC-XXXIII-007. 
 
¶2.  (U) At paragraph 3 below is the official translation of 
the text of the Russian Statement that was delivered at the 
Opening 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 13, 2008. 
 
¶3.  (S) Begin text: 
 
                                         Official Translation 
 
                                         JCIC-XXXIII 
                                         Plenary Meeting 
                                         November 13, 2008 
 
STATEMENT 
by the Representative of the Russian Federation 
 
      Esteemed Colleagues, 
 
      On behalf of the Russian Delegation, allow me to greet 
the Belarusian, Kazakhstani, U.S., and Ukrainian Delegations 
at the opening of the Thirty-third Session of the Joint 
Compliance and Inspection Commission. 
 
      I want to express the hope that the productive work at 
previous sessions of the Commission will continue at this 
round of negotiations and that the sides will be able to move 
forward in resolving the existing problems. 
 
      As we agreed in July of this year at JCIC-XXXII, the 
meeting of the Parties provided for in paragraph 2 of Article 
XVII of the Treaty will be held within the framework of this 
session of the Commission.  In this connection, regardless of 
the results of that meeting, a great deal needs to be done 
during the time remaining before December 5, 2009. 
 
      I will emphasize that the Russian side did a good deal 
of homework during the intersessional period (as the U.S. 
Delegation traditionally urges us to do) and provided a 
number of documents to the U.S. through diplomatic channels. 
Specifically, these include detailed rationale for the 
Russian concerns regarding the problem of conversion of B-1 
heavy bombers to carry non-nuclear armaments; an assessment 
of the activities at Courtland; and the issue of 
redeclaration of 50 Peacekeeper ICBM silo launchers as 
Minuteman III ICBM launchers.  Regrettably, we did not 
receive any response to these documents.  We look forward to 
substantive consideration of these issues at this session, 
and we hope that the U.S. side is interested in their 
earliest resolution. 
 
      We note the important work done by the U.S. side during 
the intersessional period on preparing the drafts of a JCIC 
Agreement and letters of exchange governing the completion of 
continuous monitoring activities at Votkinsk.  These 
documents were received through diplomatic channels on 
October 31, 2008, and are currently being studied in detail 
by the relevant agencies.  We are prepared to continue the 
dialogue on this subject and we believe that a good 
foundation has been laid for finalizing the relevant accord. 
 
      We also hope to receive a response from the U.S. side 
to the Russian proposals on conducting a one-time 
demonstration of the front section of the Minuteman III ICBM. 
 Arrangement of such a demonstration would help to achieve 
the objectives of reentry vehicle inspections for missiles of 
this type. 
 
      We are also prepared to discuss the issues tabled by 
Ukraine. 
 
      We have provided all the delegations with proposals on 
the procedure for considering the issues that the Parties 
have placed on the agenda of this session.  We will have to 
work hard during the relatively short period allotted for our 
meeting in Geneva. 
 
      On behalf of the Russian Delegation, I want to wish 
everyone successful and productive work. 
 
End text. 
 
¶4.  (U) Taylor sends. 
TICHENOR 
 
 
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