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

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SUBJECT: JCIC-XXXIV:  (U) RUSSIAN OPENING PLENARY 
STATEMENT, JUNE 8, 2009 
 
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-XXXIV-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-fourth Session of the 
START Treaty's Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission 
(JCIC), held at the Russian Mission on June 8, 2009. 
 
¶3.  (S) Begin text: 
 
                                Official Translation 
 
                                JCIC-XXXIV 
                                Plenary Meeting 
                                June 8, 2009 
 
                          STATEMENT 
       by the Representative of the Russian Federation 
 
     Esteemed Colleagues, 
 
     Allow me, on behalf of the Russian Delegation, to 
welcome the Belarusian, Kazakhstani, U.S., and Ukrainian 
Delegations at today's opening of the Thirty-fourth Session 
of the Joint Compliance and Inspection Commission. 
 
     I want to express the hope that the productive work done 
at previous sessions of the Commission will continue at this 
round of negotiations and that the sides will succeed in 
making progress in resolving existing problems. 
 
     We have stressed that this meeting is the last one - in 
terms of the treaty - at which we could attempt to resolve 
issues relating to the substance of its operation.  In our 
view, our task is to leave as few unresolved problems as 
possible. 
 
     During the intersessional period the Russian side did 
quite a lot of "homework" and provided the sides with a 
number of documents through diplomatic channels.  The most 
important of these are the drafts of the JCIC Agreement and 
letters of exchange governing the completion of continuous 
monitoring activities at Votkinsk. 
 
     In our view, completing the work on these documents and 
signing them is a top priority at JCIC-XXXIV.  In that case 
the U.S. side will have about six months to carry out the 
necessary measures to cease continuous monitoring activities 
at Votkinsk in cooperation with the administration of the 
Votkinsk Machine-Building Plant and the Nuclear Risk 
Reduction Center of the Russian Federation.  We are prepared 
to provide comprehensive assistance in this regard. 
 
     We also look forward to continuing discussion of the 
issues concerning conversion of B-1 heavy bombers to delivery 
vehicles for non-nuclear armaments, activities at Courtland, 
and redeclaration of 50 Peacekeeper ICBM silo launchers as 
launchers of Minuteman III ICBMs.  We hope that the U.S. side 
is interested in resolving these issues as soon as possible. 
 
     We will also be prepared to consider other issues placed 
on the Commission's agenda by the START Parties. 
 
 
     On behalf of the Russian Delegation, I want to wish 
everyone successful and productive work. 
 
End text. 
 
¶4.  (U) Taylor sends. 
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