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06KIEV1353, UKRAINE: REGIONS PARTY RADA DEPUTY SAYS REGIONS

April 5, 2006

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06KIEV1353 2006-04-05 14:37 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 001353 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/05/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PINR UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: REGIONS PARTY RADA DEPUTY SAYS REGIONS 
READY TO JOIN RADA MAJORITY COALITION 

REF: KIEV 1337 

Classified By: Ambassador for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 

1. (C) Summary:  During an April 4 meeting, Party of Regions 
parliamentary (Rada) deputy and former Deputy PM Andriy 
Klyuyev told Ambassador that Regions was ready to join a 
coalition with the pro-presidential Our Ukraine bloc.  He 
dismissed the possibility that Regions was looking to force a 
new election.  End summary. 

2. (C) In a late afternoon meeting April 4, Klyuyev, who had 
just arrived from the Rada session (reftel), said the lame 
duck Rada would not dissolve until April 26.  Declaring that 
Regions was ready to join a coalition in the new Rada, 
Klyuyev said he had met earlier in the day with Our Ukraine 
faction leader Mykola Martynenko and with Our Ukraine 
Executive Committee chairman Mykola Katerynchuk, and March 31 
with Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov.  Klyuyev said his 
discussion with Yekhanurov, while friendly, had not included 
discussion of which party members might take Cabinet 
positions; in particular, there had been no discussion as to 
whether ex-PM and Party of Regions leader Yanukovych would be 
an acceptable prime minister candidate.  While he confirmed 
that discussions were taking place, Klyuyev declined to 
comment further on Regions' negotiations with the Yuliya 
Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT). 

3. (C) Klyuyev confirmed that, with 186 members in the new 
Rada, Regions could prevent the opening of the new Rada 
session (which requires a 2/3, or 300-seat, attendance) and 
thus precipitate the calling of a new election by refusing to 
attend when the new Rada convened, but said Regions was not 
considering doing so.  He did not rule out, however, the 
possibility that Regions might decide in the future to take 
this step. 

4. (C) Klyuyev stressed that the Regions approach to 
governing would be to avoid economically ruinous policies 
that might return Ukraine's economy to the mid-90s, a period 
of high unemployment and inflation.  Klyuyev claimed his 
party's wealthy members, such as owners of eastern Ukraine's 
industrial enterprises, controlled 80 percent of Ukraine's 
economy.  The elections had been extremely expensive, so 
Regions would tend to avoid an election repeat; Regions' 
members would not put their short-term political interests 
above the nation's overall welfare, he claimed with dead 
seriousness.  (Note:  As Deputy PM under Yanukovych, Klyuyev 
was reportedly the person in charge of the incumbent regime's 
effective but ultimately failed dirty tricks effort against 
the Yushchenko-led opposition in the 2004 presidential 
election campaign.) 

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

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