15 April 2013, 11:08

US National Security Adviser arrived in Moscow to discuss missile defence system

Том Донилон
U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon
U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon

The US National Security Adviser, Tom Donilon, has arrived in Moscow to prepare a meeting of the US and Russian Presidents, Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, and take up a new missile defence system configuration.

Donilon is scheduled to meet Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and Security Council Secretary, Nikolai Patrushev, later today.

The US official’s visit coincides with the publication by the US Treasury Department last Friday of the Magnitsky List with 18 names on it. The Act, adopted by the US Congress late last year, was so called in memory of the auditor of the Hermitage Capital Foundation, Sergei Magnitsky, who died at a Moscow pretrial detention centre in 2009. Moscow retaliated Saturday by making public its own list of 18 US citizens who are now banned from entering the Russian Federation. The Russian list features the names of those involved in legalizing and using torture at the Guantanamo prison, as well as those guilty of violating the rights and freedoms of Russian nationals abroad.

Donilon to be given taste of Magnitsky counter-list

Arriving in Moscow tonight, White House national security adviser Tom Donilon will become the first senior US official to be presented with Russia’s response to his country’s ‘Magnitsky List’.

The Russian Lower House’s foreign affairs head Alexei Pushkov wrote about this in his Twitter account Sunday.

The ‘Magnitsky List’ names 18 Russian officials who are now denied entry to the US for their alleged involvement in the prison death of Russian lawyer Sergey Magnitsky.

On Saturday, Russia rolled out a symmetric response in the form of a blacklist of 18 American officials.

Putin may join Donilon-Patrushev negotiations briefly - Peskov

President Vladimir Putin may join the negotiations between U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon and Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev if there is a gap in his schedule, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Security Council Secretary Patrushev is Donilon's vis-a-vis; so he will hold the meeting, the negotiations, the conversations," he answered the question if Putin would meet with Donilon.

"We do not rule out but we do not confirm either that if the presidential schedule permits, he may briefly join the conversation between Patrushev and Donilon at a certain stage on Monday," he added.

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has confirmed that U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon will visit Moscow from April 14-15. McFaul said on his Twitter page that he was looking forward to Donilon's visit to Moscow on April 14-15. It will be an interesting visit, he said.

Lavrov's talks with Obama advisor Donilon set for April 15

U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon could meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on April 15.

"Negotiations between Donilon and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are expected to take place at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, April 15," a ministry source told journalists.

Donilon to visit Russia in April for missile defense discussions

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Moscow April 14–15 to meet with senior Russian officials, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said. Pentagon will add 14 land-based missile interceptors in Alaska in response to threats from North Korea. In response, Russia called on the U.S. to issue “reliable, legally binding” guarantees that it isn’t targeted by plans to expand missile defenses.

National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Moscow April 14-15 to meet with senior Russian officials and review next steps in our bilateral relationship, as well as a range of key foreign policy, security, and economic issues on our international agenda.

This visit offers an important opportunity to consult with senior officials ahead of President Obama’s meetings with President Putin later this year.

Donilon will meet his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, and Ushakov on April 15 and has also asked for a meeting with Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin adviser told reporters today in Moscow.

“We still have concerns and we need to discuss the details,” Ushakov said of the Obama administration’s decision to slow work on missile defenses in eastern Europe by deploying resources elsewhere.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on March 15 that the Pentagon will add 14 land-based missile interceptors in Alaska in response to threats from North Korea. To pay for that move and develop an advanced warhead, he said about $1 billion would be shifted from efforts to develop a missile shield in Poland and Romania.

In response, Russia called on the U.S. on March 18 to issue “reliable, legally binding” guarantees that it isn’t targeted by plans to expand missile defenses. That reaction dashed the hopes of arms-control advocates that the decision to scale back the missile-defense plans could pave the way to improved U.S.- Russian relations and revive talks on reducing both countries’ nuclear arsenals.

Voice of Russia, IF, RIAN

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