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2 septembre 2011 5 02 /09 /septembre /2011 19:39

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2005-01-31 15:19 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Paris

 

 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2014
TAGS: PREL PGOV FR RU
SUBJECT: FRENCH "EXPLAIN AND REASSURE" ON TRIP TO RUSSIA


Classified By: POLITICAL MINISTER COUNSELOR JOSIAH ROSENBLATT, FOR REAS

ONS 1.4 B/D 

1. (C) Summary: Foreign Minister Barnier and Defense Minister
Alliot-Marie visited Russia January 20-21 for bi-annual
security consultations with their counterparts.  The
consultations drew higher-than-expected visibility from the
French press, although an MFA contact told us that the
meetings followed a standard format and did not result in
breakthroughs on either side.  The Russians complained about
relations with the EU, but seemed more open to discussing
Chechnya.  The French were concerned by what they considered
a "tougher" line by the Russians regarding the frozen
conflicts in Moldova and Georgia.  Given what they saw as
firm Russian rejection of the OSCE's Border Monitoring
Operation (BMO) in Georgia, they urged U.S.-EU discussion and
agreement on how to respond to Russian concerns while still
keeping some BMO capacity.  French officials were impressed
with Defense Minister Ivanov, and consider him to be a
potential successor to President Putin.  End summary

 

And the winner is ............. PIERRE COCHARD !

 

 

On January 27, Poloff met with MFA DAS-equivalent for
Russia and the former Soviet space Pierre Cochard to discuss
the January 20-21 visit by FM Barnier and MOD Alliot-Marie to
Russia.

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