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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).
Â¶1. (U) This is JCIC-XXXIII-007.
Â¶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.
Â¶3. (S) Begin text:
November 13, 2008
by the Representative of the Russian Federation
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
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
We are also prepared to discuss the issues tabled by
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.
Â¶4. (U) Taylor sends.