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06MOSCOW5997 2006-06-05 14:55:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow
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RUSSIAN HOSTAGES IN IRAQ

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/05/2016
TAGS: PREL PGOV RS IZ
SUBJECT: RUSSIAN HOSTAGES IN IRAQ

Classified By: Ambassador William J. Burns. Reasons: 1.4(B/D).



1. (C) Upon learning of the killing of a GOR security guard
and the kidnapping of four Russian Embassy employees outside
a local market in Iraq on June 3, Ambassador called DFM
Saltanov to express condolences and the desire of the U.S. to
provide needed assistance. The Ambassador followed up with
Saltanov twice on June 4 to make clear our willingness to
assist and to relay information from Washington to ensure
that channels of communication in Baghdad would be open.
Saltanov was grateful for the U.S. concern and has expressed
appreciation for the communication that has been established
between our embassies in Baghdad.



2. (C) Poloff contacted Ambassador-at-Large for Iraq Affairs
Kirpichenko June 5 to express support and discuss ways in
which the USG might assist. Kirpichenko appreciated the
contact and agreed to meet as events unfold. He did not
expect the MFA to issue a statement on the incident today.



3. (U) An MFA press release on May 4 noted that Saltanov had
discussed the incident with Iraqi FM Zibari and other
relevant officials.
BURNS