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06KIEV1937, UKRAINE: DEFENSE MINISTER ON COALITION TALKS,

May 19, 2006

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06KIEV1937 2006-05-19 12:09 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #1937 1391209
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 191209Z MAY 06
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9395
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

 

C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 001937 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/19/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PARM MARR NATO BO UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: DEFENSE MINISTER ON COALITION TALKS, 
HONEST OFFICIALS, BELARUS, AND NATO PFP TRUST FUND 

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

1. (C) Summary:  Defense Minister Hrytsenko opined to 
Ambassador May 18 that Orange coalition prospects were 
growing as President Yushchenko was resigning himself to 
ex-Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko's return to the prime 
ministership.  He agreed with Ambassador's listing of honest 
government officials, adding Transportation Minister Bodnar 
and Deputy Prime Minister Kyrylenko to the list.  Hrytsenko 
downplayed the significance of his upcoming meeting with his 
Belarusan counterpart.  Ambassador expressed appreciation for 
Hrytsenko's role in getting the U.S.-led NATO PfP Trust Fund 
back on track.  End summary. 

Coalition Prospects 
------------------- 

1. (C) During a May 18 farewell call, Defense Minister 
Anatoliy Hrytsenko told Ambassador that prospects for an 
Orange Coalition were growing.  President Yushchenko was 
coming around to the notion that former Prime Minister 
Tymoshenko would again be Prime Minister.  Hrytsenko also saw 
a coalition agreement as a way to hem in Tymoshenko's 
populist instincts (on economic policy, and perhaps foreign 
policy). 

The Integrity Meter 
------------------- 

2. (C) When Ambassador told Hrytsenko that he was one of the 
handful of senior officials who clearly put the good of the 
country first, Hrytsenko asked who were the others. 
Ambassador mentioned Presidential Chief of Staff Oleh 
Rybachuk, Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, Interior Minister 
Yuri Lutsenko, Economics Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and 
Finance Minister Viktor Pynzenyk.  Hrytsenko agreed with all, 
save Lutsenko.  When Ambassador said he was not commenting on 
competence (Our Ukraine bloc official Roman Zvarych told us 
recently that Lutsenko was not effective), Hrytsenko 
responded that there might also be issues of integrity, but 
he had no details.  (Comment:  The first such allegations we 
have heard about Lutsenko.)  Hrytsenko also criticized 
Rybachuk's ability to get things done.  Hrytsenko then 
praised the integrity of DPM Vyacheslav Kyrylenko and young 
Transportation Minister Viktor Bodnar (who was rumored to be 
a creature of Yushchenko adviser Petro Poroshenko and 
Zaporizhzhya Governor Yevhen Chervonenko), saying that he had 
taken some difficult stands. 

Belarus Contacts 
---------------- 

3. (C) Responding to Ambassador's inquiry, Hrytsenko stated 
he would meet with his Belarusan counterpart, Leonid Maltsev, 
to sign bilateral agreements concerning the opening of 
recreational facilities in the Crimea for Belarus military 
officers.  Minister Hrytsenko said the Belarus military did 
not have such recreational facilities and Ukraine's Ministry 
of Defense had unused facilities such as a sanatorium that 
they would make available to Belarus military officers. 

4. (C) Hrytsenko added they would discuss various other 
issues.  As an example, he said he would inquire if there 
were any changes in the use of the Belarus military in 
suppressing political activity.  As far as Minister Hrytsenko 
knew, the Belarusan military had not been used in this way. 
He commented the Belarusan military was well aware of the 
constraints that Belarusan President Lukashenka was placing 
on them, but would welcome additional military-to-military 
contacts, if offered. 

NATO PfP Trust Fund 
------------------- 

5. (C) Ambassador expressed appreciation for Hrytsenko's role 
in getting the NATO PfP Trust Fund for destruction of MANPADS 
and small arms/light weapons on track. 

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

 

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