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06KYIV4407, UKRAINE/POLAND: PM KACZYNSKI’S VISIT SIGNALS

November 30, 2006

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06KYIV4407 2006-11-30 12:53 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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R 301253Z NOV 06
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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0519
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KYIV 004407 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/31/2016 
TAGS: PGOV ENRG PL UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE/POLAND: PM KACZYNSKI'S VISIT SIGNALS 
CONTINUITY OF WORKING RELATIONSHIP 
 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(b,d) 
 
1. (C) Summary:  Both the Ukrainian and Polish sides hailed 
the November 15 visit of Polish PM Jaroslaw Kaczynski to Kyiv 
as a solid sign of continuity in Poland's working 
relationship with the government of Ukrainian PM Yanukovych. 
During his one-day visit, Kaczynski met with Yanukovych, 
President Yushchenko, and opposition politician Yuliya 
Tymoshenko.  Although the Poles are taking a wait-and-see 
attitude regarding the direction Yanukovych will take 
Ukraine, they are encouraged by recent progress on 
WTO-related bills in parliament (Rada) and continued 
expansion of bilateral trade.  Kaczynski and Yanukovych 
agreed to form a working group on a project to utilize the 
Odesa-Brody pipeline to deliver oil to the Polish-owned 
refinery in Kralupy, Czech Republic, and to take steps to 
hold a summit meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Poland, 
Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan on energy issues in Kyiv next 
year.  They also agreed to modernize and expand border 
crossing facilities, work towards ending the ban on Polish 
meat imports and to cooperate in the aviation sector. 
Kaczynski invited Yanukovych to visit Poland.  End summary. 
 
The Itinerary 
------------- 
 
2. (U) Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski made a 
one-day working visit to Kyiv November 15.  His delegation 
included Economy Minister Piotr Wozniak (whose portfolio also 
includes energy) and vice ministers of Agriculture, Culture, 
Defense, and Interior.  The Polish government official 
responsible for preservation of cultural and historical sites 
of significance to Poland also accompanied the delegation. 
Kaczynski chaired an intergovernmental commission with his 
counterpart, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, met 
with President Yushchenko and separately with opposition 
politicians Yuliya Tymoshenko and Ukrainian Peoples' Party 
head Yuriy Kostenko. 
 
3. (U) Because of the brevity of the visit, Kaczynski did not 
meet separately with Foreign Minister Tarasyuk, but Tarasyuk 
did sit in on the Yushchenko meeting.  Polish Embassy Deputy 
Head of Mission Roman Kowalczuk noted to us November 22 that 
since Rada Speaker Oleksandr Moroz was out of the country no 
meeting occurred at the Rada.  Other delegation members held 
meetings with their counterparts, most notably a session of 
the Ukraine-Poland intergovernmental economic cooperation 
commission that Wozniak and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy 
Boyko co-chaired. 
 
Strong Ties 
----------- 
 
4. (U) The two countries enjoy strong economic ties.  As of 
October 1, 2006, Poland is Ukraine's 11th largest investor 
(behind 5 other EU members), with a stock of $331 million, 
while total Ukrainian direct investment in Poland was $22 
million. It was the second greatest destination for Ukrainian 
FDI after Russia.  Total trade turn-over was $3.6 billion, of 
which Polish exports to Ukraine constituted $2.6 billion and 
imports, $1 billion.  Kowalczuk claimed that bilateral trade 
in 2006 was expected to grow by 33% over last year, with 
strong trade growth continuing in the future whether or not 
Ukraine joined WTO. 
 
5. (U) Ukraine and Poland also have historically strong ties, 
with significant parts of western Ukraine once part of Poland 
or the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth, so that a number of 
important Polish historical figures were actually born in 
what is now Ukrainian territory.  While the two countries' 
paths have diverged since independence (Poland moving quickly 
toward western Europe and first NATO then EU membership, and 
Ukraine adopting a more ambivalent approach), bilateral 
relations warmed considerably after the December 2004 Orange 
Revolution.  Poland has been a consistent advocate for 
Ukraine within the EU and has pushed strongly for Ukraine's 
early entry into NATO.  With a change in the governments of 
Ukraine and Poland, leaders of both countries saw the need to 
reinforce the relationship. 
 
6. (C) Both Kowalczuk and Ukrainian MFA Poland desk officer 
Yuriy Tokar noted that PM Kaczynski's visit signified a 
willingness on Poland's part to work with the Yanukovych 
government.  Kowalczuk observed that the two prime ministers 
were able to build on a relationship that began when both 
attended a September 6 Economic Forum meeting in Krynica, 
Poland.  During his meeting with Kaczynski, President 
Yushchenko had averred that Yanukovych had changed himself 
but Kowalczuk cautioned that "Yushchenko is an optimist." 
Kowalczuk noted the course of Yanukovych's government should 
be clearer over the next several months. 
 
KYIV 00004407  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
Modest Achievements 
------------------- 
 
7. (C) Kaczynski and Yanukovych agreed to set up a working 
group to implement a project to pump crude oil through the 
Odesa-Brody pipeline to the Polish owned refinery in the 
Czech city of Kralupy.  Tokar told us there were also plans 
for a summit meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Poland, 
Uzbeki
stan, and Kazakhstan on energy issues in Kyiv early 
next year.  Regional cooperation with the Visegrad Group and 
the prospects for the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia 
were also discussed.  Septel will report on recent 
developments in the energy sector. 
 
8. (SBU) Tokar also said agreement had been reached to expand 
and modernize the border crossing facilities and that efforts 
would be made to ease the ban on Polish meat imports to 
Ukraine.  According to Tokar, Yanukovych told Kaczynski that 
the needed WTO legislation would be passed by the Rada by the 
21st of December.  Sounding a more cautious note, Kowalczuk 
said that the recent Rada action is a "good sign" but "we 
don't know what the conclusion will be." 
 
9. (SBU) Tokar said Kaczynski supported Ukraine's eventual 
entry into NATO and considered it an important step towards 
integration into the EU but realizes that public support in 
Ukraine for entry into NATO was currently weak.  Tokar also 
said that Ukraine's relationship with the EU was discussed 
and that Ukraine had been grateful for Poland's support on EU 
matters.  Kaczynski welcomed a reciprocal Yanukovych visit to 
Poland. 
 
10. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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