Viewing cable 08VILNIUS957
Title: (C) LITHUANIA WANTS NATO CONSENSUS ON MEDVEDEV

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08VILNIUS9572008-11-06 15:16:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: (C) LITHUANIA WANTS NATO CONSENSUS ON MEDVEDEV 
PROPOSALS, IS SKEPTICAL ON ISKANDER 
 
REF: VILNIUS 923 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) MFA Director of Transatlantic Cooperation and Security 
Policy Vytautas Leskevicius discussed with Post November 5 
Lithuanian views on both the Medvedev Proposals and the 
recent Russian announcement of plans to deploy the 
short-range "Iskander" missile system in neighboring 
Kaliningrad.  Leskevicius reiterated the Lithuanian view 
(reftel) that the Medvedev proposals are a Russian attempt to 
undermine NATO.  He admitted, however, that the Lithuanians 
will be unable to avoid discussing the proposals because of 
current EU President France's desire for further engagement 
with Russia. 
 
¶2. (C) Leskevicius said the Lithuanians want NATO to arrive 
at a consensus response to the proposals first, then the EU, 
then possibly the OSCE, before allowing the French to engage 
with Russia.  Otherwise the GOL fears France will begin 
"speaking for all of Europe" regardless of existing political 
or security commitments.  He also said any eventual 
discussion of the Medvedev proposals should also include lack 
of Russian action on the Istanbul Commitments, the CFE 
Treaty, and military withdrawal from Georgia and Moldova. 
 
¶3. (U) In discussing Iskander, Leskevicius echoed public 
statements made by President Adamkus and DefMin Olekas that 
the Lithuanians are not surprised by Russian plans to deploy 
missiles in Kaliningrad.  He said the Russians are 
misunderstanding the nature of U.S.-led Missile Defense 
systems planned for Europe, and reiterated an argument made 
most recently by Adamkus, that Medvedev is contradicting 
himself -- the Russians want a new security arrangement with 
Europe at the same time they plan to deploy short range 
missiles against European nations. 
 
¶4. (C) Leskevicius admitted that Russian plans to deploy 
Iskander privately worries the Lithuanians, but he also 
expressed personal doubts that the Russians will follow 
through with these plans because they already have similar 
short-range missiles based in nearby Belarus.  If Iskander is 
deployed, he noted, the Russians would then have two 
redundant and costly missile systems defending against the 
same perceived threat. 
CLOUD