84690 11/7/2006 14:01 06PARIS7266 Embassy Paris CONFIDENTIAL 06STATE181103 VZCZCXRO2133 OO RUEHAG RUEHROV DE RUEHFR #7266 3111401 ZNY CCCCC ZZH O 071401Z NOV 06 FM AMEMBASSY PARIS TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2916 INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES IMMEDIATE RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST IMMEDIATE 0471 RUEHCH/AMEMBASSY CHISINAU IMMEDIATE 0347 RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV IMMEDIATE 0496 RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW IMMEDIATE 5667 RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO IMMEDIATE 3681 RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE IMMEDIATE 3202 RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA IMMEDIATE 0555 RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS IMMEDIATE 1803 C O N F I D E N T I A L PARIS 007266
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/06/2016 TAGS: PREL, ELTN, RS, MD, UP, FR SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON DISRUPTION OF CHISINAU-MOSCOW RAIL LINKS
REF: STATE 181103
Classified By: A/DCM JOSIAH ROSENBLATT FOR REASONS 1.4 (b) and (d)
1. (C) Poloff delivered reftel November 3 to Aurelia Bouchez, MFA DAS-equivalent for Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus. Bouchez commented that the suspension of the Chisinau rail link came as a surprise to France, which had expected Russia to avoid provocations on Transnistria in order to demonstrate the EU some good will in advance of the EU/Russia Summit.
2. (C) MFA Secretary General Philippe Faure, she said, will meet with Ukranian Deputy FM Volodymyr Ogryzko November 9 and will likely bring up the closure of the Mogilev bridge. France has not yet decided at what level it will discuss the issue with Moscow, but is inclined to encourage the EU to take the lead.
3. (C) In light of recent developments and with no clear political settlement in reach, Bouchez asked whether the U.S. was still supporting an expansion (using an EU policing component) of current Joint Peacekeeping Forces (JPF).
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