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06KIEV2523, UKRAINE: YEMENI ARMS BROKERS SEEKING

June 29, 2006

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06KIEV2523 2006-06-29 09:49 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv
VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #2523 1800949
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 290949Z JUN 06
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0191

 

S E C R E T KIEV 002523 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

DEPT ALSO FOR ISN, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/29/2016 
TAGS: ETTC PARM PREL YM UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: YEMENI ARMS BROKERS SEEKING 
WEAPONS/AMMUNITION - REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION 

REF: A. KIEV 2453 
     B. STATE 99121 
     C. KIEV 319 

Classified By: Acting Political Counselor George Kent for reasons 1.4(b 
,c,d) 

1. (U) This is an action request.  Please advise how to 
respond to MFA inquiry in para 3. 

2. (S) MFA Arms Control and Military-Technical Cooperation 
Counselor Serhiy Kucherenko requested clarification of the 
following point contained in our demarche of June 22 (taken 
from ref B) regarding arms transfers to Yemen: 

"Moreover, given the unusual quantity and highly destructive 
nature of some of the munitions at issue in this reported 
case, we urge you to suspend any plans to complete such 
transactions, regardless of the recipient of the delivery, if 
they are in fact under consideration by UKRINMASH or any 
state trading agency.  Similarly, we urge you to stop any 
such planned transfers by Immersion Hi Tech Ltd or any other 
private Ukrainian companies." 

3. (S) Kucherenko inquired whether we were urging suspension 
of pending contracts only with Yemeni brokers.  Further, he 
inquired whether we were urging suspension of contracts with 
Yemen by all Ukrainian arms traders, whether "state trading 
agency" or "private Ukrainian company."  Finally, Kucherenko 
asked whether this restriction should apply only to possible 
export of large quantities of specific munitions.  He noted 
that our clarification was required to further process our 
information correctly. 

4. (C) Comment: Kucherenko's question indicates the 
seriousness with which our Ukrainian government (GOU) 
interlocutors take our requests.  Given perceptions that our 
requests seem to operate according to shifting guidelines, 
GOU officials will probably desire as much specificity in our 
response as possible.  We also take this opportunity to 
remind that the MFA has previously asked for general 
information on USG arms export restrictions (ref C, sent 
January 24, 2006) to which we have not yet responded. 

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

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