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06KYIV4156, UKRAINE REMAINS DOUBTFUL THAT KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

November 1, 2006

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06KYIV4156 2006-11-01 17:28 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO6580
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #4156 3051728
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 011728Z NOV 06
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0230
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 004156 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/31/2016 
TAGS: PREL SR UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE REMAINS DOUBTFUL THAT KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE 
WILL NOT SET A PRECEDENT 
 
REF: A. STATE 179829 
 
     B. 05 KIEV 5100 
 
Classified By: Acting Pol Counselor George Kent for reasons 1.4(b,d) 
 
1. (C) Ambassador and FM Tarasyuk discussed Transnistria and 
Kosovo, among other issues, October 31 (septel to follow). 
Tarasyuk, hewing to the line he has maintained since December 
2005 (ref B), said the U.S. line on Kosovo independence not 
being a precedent for frozen conflicts such as Transnistria 
was weak, "because the Russians will use it as a precedent 
regardless."  Ukraine wanted to achieve a negotiated 
settlement on Transnistria, but Kosovo independence would 
undermine that effort. 
 
2. (C) Earlier on October 31, we orally delivered ref A's 
talking points to Oleksandr Tsvetkov, Deputy Head of the MFA 
Political Department.  Echoing Tarasyuk's fears, Tsvetkov 
said he had "no doubt" that a move to grant independence to 
Kosovo would be viewed as a precedent.  He opined that the 
"frozen conflicts are to some extent not frozen" and that an 
independent Kosovo would be "very threatening to all conflict 
zones."  Tsvetkov wistfully remarked that the Kosovo problem 
could best be solved if the EU were expanded to cover the 
entire territory (of Serbia); he recognized such a 
development was years away at best. 
 
3. (C) Tsvetkov was interested in details about the period of 
transitional international supervision for Kosovo after 
independence.  He wondered if the transition period would be 
fixed and short and if peacekeeping troops would remain.  We 
replied that details were subject to negotiation but there 
was an expectation troops would remain.  Tsvetkov opined that 
"wrong developments" in Kosovo's security environment would 
be bad for the international community. 
 
4. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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