Skip to content

06KIEV713, UKRAINE: YANUKOVYCH STILL BITTER ABOUT THE

February 21, 2006

WikiLeaks Link

To understand the justification used for the classification of each cable, please use this WikiSourcearticle as reference.

Discussing cables
If you find meaningful or important information in a cable, please link directly to its unique reference number. Linking to a specific paragraph in the body of a cable is also possible by copying the appropriate link (to be found at theparagraph symbol).Please mark messages for social networking services like Twitter with the hash tags #cablegate and a hash containing the reference ID e.g. #06KIEV713.
Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
06KIEV713 2006-02-21 14:04 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

211404Z Feb 06

 

C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 000713 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/21/2016 
TAGS: PREL PGOV LH
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: YANUKOVYCH STILL BITTER ABOUT THE 
"PUTSCH" (AKA ORANGE REVOLUTION) DENYING HIM THE PRESIDENCY? 

REF: KIEV 643 

Classified By: Ambassador, reason 1.4 (b,d) 

1. (C) As of December 2005, Yanukovych still expressed 
bitterness about what he saw as the December 2004 "putsch" 
denying him the Presidency, according to Lithuanian Embassy 
Political Counselor Darius Vitkauskas.  Vitkauskas told us 
February 21 that when the Lithuanian Ambassador saw 
Yanukovych in December 2005 for the first time since the 
Orange Revolution, Yanukovych exploded into a finger-pointing 
tirade even before initial pleasantries could be exchanged. 
Referring to Lithuanian President Adamkus' role in the 
"roundtable" negotiations between then-PM Yanukovych, 
then-opposition leader Yushchenko, then-President Kuchma, 
then-Polish President Kwasniewski, and EU High Commissioner 
Solana, Yanukovych said accusingly, "You participated in last 
December's putsch.  You allowed yourself to be used as part 
of Kuchma's machinations.  Your activities then will have 
negative implications for Lithuanian-Ukrainian relations 
going forward.  But somehow, we'll figure out a way to get 
through it." 

2. (C) Vitkauskas added that, after Yanukovych delivered a 
smoothly presented speech February 14 outlying a pro-business 
platform to diplomatic representatives (reftel), he 
(Vitkauskas) talked with Regions Foreign Policy adviser 
Ambassador Orel, formerly Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy and 
before that a foreign policy adviser to Kuchma.  Orel told 
Vitkauskas that Yanukovych remained deeply suspicious of the 
West and of the United States in particular, but that those 
within Regions better disposed toward the West were working 
to "moderate" Yanukovych's views in this regard. 

3. (C) Comment:  The Lithuanian vignette indicates that 
Yanukovych continues to feel he was mistreated, including by 
Kuchma, during Ukraine's 2004 presidential election crisis. 

4. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website at: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
HERBST

 

Wikileaks

Advertisements

From → CONFIDENTIAL

Leave a Comment

Post tour comment here

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: