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06KIEV3751, UKRAINE: POTENTIAL SALE OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT TO

September 28, 2006

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06KIEV3751 2006-09-28 13:31 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO3395
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #3751 2711331
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 281331Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY KIEV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1713
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 0018

C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 003751 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/UMB AND EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 09/28/2016 
TAGS: PREL PARM MARR MASS ETTC VE UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: POTENTIAL SALE OF CIVIL AIRCRAFT TO 
VENEZUELA 
 
REF: A. KIEV 3672 
 
     B. STATE 155336 
 
Classified By: Deputy Political Counselor George Kent for reasons 1.4(b 
,d) 
 
1. (C) On September 28, we met with MFA Arms Control and 
Military Technical Cooperation Department Director General 
Volodymyr Belashov and Counselors Igor Kyzym and Oles 
Belakoles at Belashov's request.  Belashov thanked us for the 
briefing on USG policy on arms transfers to Venezuela (ref 
A).  He said, in the spirit of transparency and close 
cooperation on export control issues, he wished to inform us 
that Ukrainian companies would initiate discussions regarding 
a potential sale of civilian aircraft to Venezuela.  The 
interagency Presidential Committee on Military-Technical 
Cooperation and Arms Control had met September 27 and, after 
a long and detailed discussion, had decided to authorize the 
negotiations.  (Note:  In earlier meetings, Belashov had told 
us that Ukrainian companies must get further authorizations 
from the interagency committee to sign a contract and again 
when executing the contract.) 
 
2. (C) Belashov noted Ukrainian aviation companies 
desperately needed to conclude sales. The possible Venezuelan 
deal would mean the sale of a "couple dozen" strictly 
civilian aircraft and revenue of approximately U.S. $200 
million.  The aircraft under consideration were the AN-74 and 
AN-140.  Belashov said the aircraft were for strictly civil 
aviation purposes, but he acknowledged that any aircraft 
could be also be used for military purposes.  MFA would 
provide a further update if the discussion result in a 
possible purchase agreement.  (Note:  An internet website 
describes the AN-74 as a light transport, multipurpose 
aircraft designed to carry cargo and passengers for short and 
medium distances under a wide range of climatic conditions. 
The AN-140 is described as a short-range turboprop that can 
carry up to 52 passengers.) 
 
3. (SBU) The MFA officials also noted that, if Ukraine did 
not provide the aircraft, Venezuela could obtain them from 
other countries.  On the other hand, if a Ukrainian company 
sold the aircraft, the Ukrainian government could establish 
and maintain effective control over any possible after-sales 
transfers and related services (e.g., maintenance, repair, 
training). 
 
4. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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