Viewing cable 08RIGA361
Title: REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE ON MISSILE DEFENSE PLANS

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08RIGA3612008-06-18 12:35:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Riga
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C O N F I D E N T I A L RIGA 000361 
 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/18/2018 
TAGS: MARR PARM PREL PL LH LG
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR GUIDANCE ON MISSILE DEFENSE PLANS 
 
REF: VILNIUS 441 
 
Classified By: DCM Stuart M Seldowitz.  Reason: 1.4 (d) 
 
¶1. (U) This is an action request.  Please see para 4. 
 
¶2. (C) Press reports that the US was considering Lithuania as 
an alternative site for deployment of missile defense (MD) 
assets should negotiations with Poland fail have seen wide 
publication in the Latvian press on June 18.  As a result, 
MOD State Secretary Rinkevics, recalling previous public 
statements by Latvian officials expressing a willingness to 
host elements of the MD system if needed, asked DATT for 
latest USG thinking on missile defense. 
 
¶3. (C) We expect this to be only the first of many inquiries, 
both governmental and press.  Given the discussions that the 
USG has had with Lithuania (reftel), we believe that we need 
to provide an updated view to the Latvians of our thinking. 
Even if the discussions in Lithuania were only superficial, 
the Latvians will be both nervous and jealous if they feel 
they are not being kept in the loop.  If Latvia is not 
technically feasible as a site, we should let the Latvians 
know that as well.  On the press side, we can expect more 
coverage in coming days, especially in the Russian language 
press, on this issue and we will need guidance both on 
overall MD plans but also guidance on what we can say about 
the possibility of using any of the Baltic states as sites. 
 
¶4. (C) Action requested: Please provide points for use in 
engaging the Latvian government on our latest thinking on 
missile defense, including whether Latvia is even technically 
feasible as a host site.  We expect whatever information we 
provide the GOL to quickly reach the highest levels of 
government.  Please also provide latest press guidance, 
including on the potential of basing assets in either 
Lithuania or Latvia. 
LARSON