08TBILISI1862, GEORGIA: UPDATE ON THE CURRENT RUSSIAN DIPLOMATIC

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08TBILISI1862 2008-10-07 15:30 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL//NOFORN Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO0370
PP RUEHFL RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHROV RUEHSR
DE RUEHSI #1862 2811530
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 071530Z OCT 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0227
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001862 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/CARC AND GCG 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/06/2018 
TAGS: PGOV PREL CVIS RU GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: UPDATE ON THE CURRENT RUSSIAN DIPLOMATIC 
PRESENCE IN TBILISI 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR JOHN F. TEFFT FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
 1.  (C) Although the Russian Embassy in Georgia officially 
closed on September 3, 2008, a fairly sizable Russian 
diplomatic presence remains in Tbilisi.  According to press 
reports, only the Russian consul, two vice-consuls, and a 
small technical staff have remained behind.  There is 
actually a much larger presence, however, according to 
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chief of the Russia 
desk, Irakli Toronjadze (please protect).  According to 
Toronjadze, most Russian Embassy employees flew to Moscow on 
a plane provided by the Russian Ministry of Emergency 
Situations on October 2.  Sixteen diplomats remain, six of 
whom are consular officials.  Toronjadze was not certain what 
the names or functions of the remaining ten are or why they 
are still in Georgia.  An undetermined number of "technical 
personnel" also remain.  The term "technical personnel" 
refers to employees serving in administrative and security 
positions, much like Locally Engaged Staff except that these 
are Russian citizens.  Toronjadze said the Russian DCM, 
Andrey Vasilyevich Smaga, would provide him a dip note with 
the names, positions, and details of the remaining Russian 
personnel within the week.  Toronjadze claimed that Georgia 
currently has nine diplomats in Russia, including the Charge 
and other staff, six of whom are consular officers. 
 
2.  (C) According to Toronjadze, the Swiss Embassy will open 
a Russian interests section.  The interests section will be 
located in the former Russian Embassy.  The only difference 
will be that there will be a Swiss flag flying on the flag 
pole.  Toronjadze expected to know the exact number of 
Russian employees working in the interests section by October 
16.  Once the Georgian MFA learns how many Russian diplomats 
will work in the Swiss interests section, they will 
reciprocally station the same number of diplomats in the 
Georgian Embassy in Moscow.  Post will follow-up with more 
detailed information as it becomes available. 
 
3.  (C) The Russian government's current consular services in 
Georgia remain an enigma.  Toronjadze was unaware of any 
consular activities, but said he would look into the matter 
and provide an answer as soon as he speaks with Smaga.  Press 
reports state Georgian citizens can receive Russian visas for 
emergency situations and to see family members in Russia. 
According to press reports, the Swiss Embassy stated it will 
provide no consular or visa services on behalf of Russia 
until the end of negotiations between all sides concerned. 
On October 3 and again on October 6, Post tried calling the 
former Russian Embassy's consular section to ask about visa 
services for U.S. citizens.  On both occasions, Post received 
a constant busy signal. 
 
4.  (C) We heard one amusing anecdote about the continued 
presence of the Russian Ambassador in Tbilisi.  Ambassador 
Kovalenko departed with the rest of the staff on October 2. 
However, many were puzzled by his decision to remain in 
Tbilisi the entire month of September, conducting low-profile 
meetings and often being spotted around town.  On October 4, 
Georgian DFM Vashadze, who had stayed in touch with Kovalenko 
in September, told the Ambassador that Kovalenko had been 
eager to remain in Tbilisi after his Embassy had closed in 
order to finish up some ongoing dental work.  Presumably, 
with his dental work completed, Kovalenko was ready to head 
home when the main group of diplomats departed on October 2. 
TEFFT

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