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06KIEV3021, UKRAINE: FOLLOW UP ON MANPADS COUNTERMEASURES

August 3, 2006

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06KIEV3021 2006-08-03 13:03 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv
VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #3021 2151303
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 031303Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0797
INFO RUEKDIA/DIA WASHDC
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 2981
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

 

S E C R E T KIEV 003021 

SIPDIS 

SIPDIS 

DEPT ALSO FOR PM/WRA, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/03/2016 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL PARM NATO PINR US UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: FOLLOW UP ON MANPADS COUNTERMEASURES 

REF: A. KIEV 2886 
     B. KIEV 1185 (NOTAL) 
     C. STATE 46155 (NOTAL) 
     D. KIEV 757 (NOTAL) 
     E. STATE 24376 (NOTAL) 
     F. 05 KIEV 4701 (NOTAL) 
     G. 05 KIEV 3897 (NOTAL) 

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

1. (U) This is an action request.  See para 6 

2. (S) We met August 1 with Defense Minister First Assistant 
Oleksiy Melnyk regarding next steps on MANPADS 
countermeasures development, as agreed during our July 14 
meeting with Melnyk and other Ukrainian officials (ref A). 
Melnyk said he had reported to Defense Minister Hrytsenko as 
promised and was in the process of preparing a report to the 
Cabinet of Ministers.  Preparation of the report was taking 
time, however, as the determination regarding the number and 
type of MANPADS excess to Ukraine's defense and military 
needs was a complicated issue.  MOD experts were basing their 
estimates on projected expenditures for training and 
operational needs over a six-year period, to 2011.  The 
report would also assess the potential market for legitimate 
sales of MANPADS, but, Melnyk noted, international arms 
control regimes severely restricted the quantity that could 
be potentially sold. 

3. (S) Melnyk said the report to Cabinet would detail the 
number of MANPADS on hand that were excess to Ukrainian 
defense needs, then advise that the excess could be sold, 
destroyed, or transferred for USG use.  Since a transfer to 
the USG would save on destruction costs, Melnyk thought the 
Cabinet would readily agree to a transfer.  He advised that 
an initial assessment suggested that, while the Ukrainian 
government could have 2000 MANPADS available in excess of its 
needs, the mix of MANPADS models might not be what PM/WRA 
Deputy Director Steve Costner had requested.  In particular, 
the newer MANPADS models were more likely to be in the 
Ukrainian military's active inventory.  We assured Melnyk 
that the request was a target quantity, and that the USG 
would be able to utilize whatever was offered. 

4. (S) Melnyk inquired whether any U.S. agency had been in 
contact with UKRSPETSEXPORT to initiate discussions on such a 
transfer.  We noted that, per his earlier request, we had 
taken no further steps pending his report to the Defense 
Minister.  While we could indeed contact UKRSPETSEXPORT, we 
suggested that the most appropriate next step might be a 
government-to-government communication in the form of a 
letter from a USG official to Defense Minister Hrytsenko. 
The letter could briefly recapitulate the U.S. side's 
presentation during the July 14 meeting, i.e., explain why 
the USG needed MANPADS, state the quantity required, and 
request GOU cooperation in providing MANPADS.  Melnyk readily 
agreed to the approach and asked that the letter also include 
two additional elements.  The letter should state the USG's 
continuing support for the NATO PfP Trust Fund project 
regardless of the outcome of MANPADS countermeasures 
discussions and describe the USG's offer to provide 
additional funding for munitions destruction if additional 
MANPADS were provided for destruction.  Melnyk also asked 
that we not report on the conversation until he had a chance 
to brief the Defense Minister. 

5. (S) We recontacted Melnyk August 3.  Melnyk said Defense 
Minister Hrytsenko had agreed that an initial 
government-to-government communication was the best approach 
and that we should prepare a letter. 

6. (U) Action Request.  Department's guidance is requested as 
to whether we can provide the letter requested by Melnyk, and 
if so, to provide a letter as described in para 4 above. 

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

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