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06KIEV1921, MTAG/UKRAINE: UKRAINIAN EXPORT ACTIVITY TO IRAN

May 18, 2006

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06KIEV1921 2006-05-18 13:01 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv
VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #1921 1381301
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 181301Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9373
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC

 

S E C R E T KIEV 001921 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

DEPT ALSO FOR T, ISN, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA; 
NSC ALSO FOR DAVID STEPHENS AND DAMON WILSON 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/18/2016 
TAGS: PARM PREL ETTC MTCRE MNUC IR UP
SUBJECT: MTAG/UKRAINE: UKRAINIAN EXPORT ACTIVITY TO IRAN 
AND RELATED DEMARCHES DELIVERED 

REF: A. STATE 78661 
     B. STATE 79031 
     C. STATE 80022 

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

1. (S) Stressing the importance of this issue, Ambassador 
passed ref A talking points to Foreign Minister Borys 
Tarasyuk during his May 17 farewell call.  Tarasyuk said he 
would pass the information to the relevant officials in his 
ministry and pay personal attention to the preparation of a 
response. 

2. (S) On May 18, we followed up with MFA Arms Control and 
Military-Technical Cooperation Department Director Volodymyr 
Belashov and Counselor Igor Kyzym.  Belashov, looking 
serious, said the Ukrainian government strictly reviewed all 
applications for business with Iran and that, during his 
tenure on the Export Control Committee, he was aware of 
approximately eight refusals of requests for sales of 
hardware or services to Iran.  When we pointed out that 
Zaporizhzhya Regional Foreign Economic Association (ref B) 
might be conducting business with Iran under the table, 
Belashov said the Ukrainian Security Services would 
investigate and, if this proved true, would open a criminal 
case against the firm.  If the specialty steel were on 
Ukraine's list of controlled, dual-use exports, then the firm 
would be required to apply for an export license, Belashov 
noted. 

3. (S) Belashov said the Ukrainian government could not 
restrict consultations and exploratory discussions regarding 
future business of the type that the Kiev Institute of 
Hydromechanics might be considering with Iran (ref C), but 
would review any potential sales that might result from such 
discussions.  Nevertheless, MFA and other relevant Ukrainian 
government offices would follow up on the USG information. 
Belashov commented that the Ukrainian government was 
contemplating instituting stricter controls on all types of 
activity with countries subject to international restrictions 
on arms exports. 

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

 

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