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Title: CFE/JCG: FEBRUARY 2 - CONCERN OVER SLOW RUSSIAN

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2020 
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SUBJECT: CFE/JCG: FEBRUARY 2 - CONCERN OVER SLOW RUSSIAN 
 
REFUSALS 
 
 ¶1. (SBU) Summary: The Joint Consultative Group met briefly 
on February 2.  In discussions with Allies, Italy noted with 
concern the delayed Russian response to a recent Italy CFE 
inspection request.  Several States Parties noted that they 
looked forward to working with recently-appointed Special 
Envoy for CFE Victoria Nuland.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (U) The 716th meeting of the Joint Consultative Group 
(JCG) was held on February 2, again under UK chairmanship 
(Cliff).  The meeting was brief.  Belarus (Krayushkin) made 
the only intervention for the record and noted the "lack of 
political will" surrounding the CFE impasse and argued that 
JCG should be the central forum for discussion and resolution 
of such issues.  USDel did not respond to Belarus' comments, 
given that the U.S. position on formal CFE negotiations in 
the JCG is both clearly understood and has been oft-stated. 
 
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Russia Takes the Long Road to Refuse Italy 
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¶3. (C) During the February 1 NATO-T, Italy (Landi) informed 
Allies that it had officially notified the Russian Federation 
of its intent to conduct a CFE inspection in Russia on 22 
January but had received no customary refusal, indeed, no 
response at all.  A few hours after raising the issue 
bilaterally on 2 February in Vienna, Italy received Russia's 
refusal.  Meanwhile, Russia (Federyakov) separately told 
Italy (Negro and Landi) and USDel (Neighbour) that the RF was 
considering not replying to CFE notifications, i.e., that 
Russia might cease answering its CFE mail.  Federyakov 
cautioned, however, that no decision had been made. 
 
¶4. (C) The UK (Gare) noted on the margins that it planned to 
notify Russia of a CFE inspection on February 8.  She mused 
that should Russia not response to a CFE notification within 
the required time, as in Italy's case, that should be 
interpreted as acceptance and a CFE inspection team should 
travel to Russia. 
 
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Positive Reaction to Appointment of Amb. Nuland 
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¶5. (C) Several States Parties offered their views on the 
announcement of Ambassador Victoria Nuland as Special Envoy 
for CFE, which the U.S. noted at the 3 February FSC.  The 
Russian Federation (Ulyanov) told USDel (Neighbour) that he 
had spoken with Russian negotiator Antonov and that they saw 
Nuland's appointment as "good news" and a symbol of U.S. 
seriousness on CFE.  He noted that Russia was looking forward 
to working with the Ambassador.  He reiterated the 
long-standing Russian position on fleshing on some of the 
details in Vienna in either a bilateral or multilateral 
format.  Russia (Federyakov) followed up with USDel following 
the February 3 FSC and asked for clarification of Ambassador 
Nuland's "specific role" in CFE negotiations.  USDel (Fallon) 
drew on press points to note that Ambassador Nuland would 
work under the U.S. Undersecretary for Arms Control and 
International Security to develop ideas to modernize 
conventional arms control in Europe. 
 
¶6. (C) Meanwhile, Turkey, Slovenia and Latvia also noted 
Ambassador Nuland's appointment and noted their willingness 
to work cooperatively with her as her role evolves.  Turkey 
specifically wanted to know if Ambassador Nuland is going to 
negotiate directly with Russia, whether she had a new plan of 
action, and how soon she was going to engage the Allies and 
Russia on a way forward with CFE.  Moldova pointedly asked 
when she planned to consult with them. 
 
¶7. (U) States Parties agreed to cancel the February 23 
meeting of the JCG to accommodate the U.S.-sponsored seminar 
on conflict prevention on that morning.  The Chair also 
tabled a motion from Greece to cancel the March 2 JCG as well 
to accommodate the Annual Implementation Assessment Meeting 
(AIAM).  The next JCG meeting will be held on February 9, 
with Greece in the chair. 
FULLER