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06KIEV1706, UKRAINE: OUR UKRAINE INSIDER POROSHENKO ON RADA

April 28, 2006

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06KIEV1706 2006-04-28 14:35 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KIEV 001706 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/28/2016 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PINR SOCI UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: OUR UKRAINE INSIDER POROSHENKO ON RADA 
MAJORITY COALITION TALKS, TYMOSHENKO 

REF: A. KIEV 1531 

     B. KIEV 1663 

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

Summary 
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1. (C) During an April 28 meeting with Ambassador, Our 
Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko emphatically denied he 
was using his influence with the Prosecutor General to put 
pressure on Tymoshenko lieutenant Oleksandr Turchynov (refs A 
and B).  Coalition talks with the Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) were 
continuing, but there was no progress to report; President 
Yushchenko still seemed unwilling to accept Tymoshenko as 
prime minister and was "listening" to influential advocates 
of cooperation with the Party of Regions.  Poroshenko claimed 
that he was personally opposed to an "Orange-Blue" pairing. 
Poroshenko related that he had spoken at length with 
Tymoshenko on April 27; she had sought, and then spurned, his 
assistance in forming a BYuT-OU coalition in the Kiev city 
council.  Poroshenko confided that he had spoken with 
Tymoshenko during the Orthodox Easter weekend (April 22-23); 
she had called him to ask "what he wanted" in return for his 
support for her serving again as PM.  Poroshenko said he had 
replied that he wanted her to be more flexible and less 
high-handed in the coalition talks.  Poroshenko groused that 
Tymoshenko could not be trusted, stressing that she was not 
candid and not "principled."  It was very possible, 
Poroshenko warned, that there could be a crisis scenario in 
which Tymoshenko and Yushchenko simply could not get a 
coalition deal done.  End summary. 

Poroshenko: Denies Pressuring Turchynov... 
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2. (C) During an April 28 meeting with Ambassador, Our 
Ukraine (OU) insider Petro Poroshenko denied that he was 
behind Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko's recent 
decision to issue an arrest warrant for Tymoshenko lieutenant 
Oleksandr Turchynov (ref A).  Poroshenko claimed he had not 
spoken with Medvedko "for three or four months"; informally, 
Poroshenko had heard that the PG's office did not want to 
actually arrest Turchynov, but simply question him about the 
alleged destruction of SBU files on organized crime figure 
Seymon Mogilievich.  Poroshenko added that he thought 
Turchynov was innocent; the files had been destroyed by 
Turchynov's then-deputy at the SBU/now Tymoshenko Bloc 
MP-elect, Andriy Kozhemyakin.  Poroshenko protested that he 
had "no motivation" to put pressure on Turchynov (ref B). 

...Offers Version of Latest Coalition Talks... 
--------------------------------------------- - 

3. (C) Poroshenko said that the new Rada would likely convene 
after May 20.  He noted that coalition talks with Bloc 
Tymoshenko (BYuT) were continuing, but there was no progress 
to report.  Poroshenko had spoken briefly with President 
Yushchenko following an Orthodox Easter (April 23) church 
service, and Yushchenko "still did not seem ready" to accept 
Tymoshenko as an Orange coalition prime minister.  As for the 
prospect of an Orange-Blue pairing between OU and the Party 
of Regions, Poroshenko claimed that he was "90 percent 
certain" he would vote against such a deal; however, 
Yushchenko, listening to the whispers of advisers like Prime 
Minister Yekhanurov, seemed "more ready than I am" to form a 
coalition with Regions.  Poroshenko added that he had spoken 
on April 27 with Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych 
about the possibility of OU cooperation with Regions at the 
local level. 

...Provides Details on Phone Conversations with Tymoshenko... 
--------------------------------------------- ---------------- 

4. (C) Poroshenko also related that he had spoken at length 
on April 27 with Tymoshenko, who sought his help in building 
an OU-BYuT coalition in the Kiev city council.  Poroshenko 
said he had met with Tymoshenko's emissaries and agreed to 
support BYuT's preferences for positions on the council and 
in Kiev's district governments.  Following those discussions, 
Tymoshenko had called Poroshenko to abruptly declare that 
BYuT no longer needed to work with OU; BYuT candidates did 
not need OU's help to secure their positions -- a prediction 
that Poroshenko said turned out to be wrong. 

...And (Again) Emphasizes that Tymoshenko Cannot be Trusted 
--------------------------------------------- -------------- 

5. (C) Confiding to Ambassador that he had also spoken with 
Tymoshenko during Orthodox Easter weekend (April 22-23), 
Poroshenko complained that Tymoshenko was getting 

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increasingly difficult to deal with.  She had called him to 
ask "what he wanted" in return for supporting an Orange 
coalition with her as prime minister.  Poroshenko had replied 
that "what he wanted" was for her to be more flexible and 
"not issue ultimatums" during the coalition talks, as her 
high-handedness was senselessly antagonizing key OU players. 
Repeating a familiar refrain, Poroshenko stressed that 
Tymoshenko could not be trusted; she was not candid and
was 
not a "principled" person.  It was "very possible," 
Poroshenko warned, that there would be a crisis scenario in 
which Tymoshenko and Yushchenko could not get a coalition 
deal done.  After speaking with Tymoshenko, it was clear that 
she "did not trust" OU, Poroshenko said.  And when there is 
no trust, he added, "it is hard to get things done." 

Comment 
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6. (C) As with much of what we are hearing about the 
motivations, goals, characters, etc. of the various "other 
sides" in the majority coalition talks, Poroshenko's claims 
about his arch-nemesis Tymoshenko and his protestations of 
innocence re PG moves against Tymoshenko lieutenant Turchynov 
have to be taken with a large grain of salt.  But this grain 
may be larger than most of the others.  While we have no 
proof in hand, too many interlocutors point to Poroshenko as 
one of OU's leading proponents of a coalition with Regions to 
simply believe he would be at most a reluctant follower were 
Yushchenko and Yekhanurov to take the party that direction. 

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

 

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