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06KYIV4432, UKRAINE: ADDITIONAL MANPADS AND SCUDS INVENTORY:

December 1, 2006

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06KYIV4432 2006-12-01 16:33 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv

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DE RUEHKV #4432/01 3351633
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 011633Z DEC 06
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0559
INFO RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 0004
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

S E C R E T KYIV 004432 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR ISN, PM/WRA, EUR/UMB, AND EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/01/2016 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL PARM NATO PINR US UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: ADDITIONAL MANPADS AND SCUDS INVENTORY: 
STATUS UPDATE 
 
REF: A. COSTNER/UYEHARA 11/10/06 E-MAIL 
 
     B. KIEV 3300 
     C. STATE 134827 
     D. KIEV 3021 
     E. KIEV 2886 
     F. KIEV 2477 
     G. KIEV 2452 
     H. STATE 99428 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(b,c,d) 
 
1. (S) Summary: Deputy Defense Minister Volodymyr 
Tereshchenko told us November 22 that Ukraine would be 
willing to provide an additional 1,713 MANPADS, a mix of 
SA-7s and SA-14s, for destruction in the NATO PfP Trust Fund 
project.  An official notification of this offer was under 
preparation and would be ready soon.  Saying that Ukraine 
remained committed eventually to destroy all excess MANPADS, 
Tereshchenko appealed to us not to reduce the USG offer to 
provide an additional 5 million USD to the NATO PfP Trust 
Fund for destruction of large-caliber munitions.  He 
recommended that the U.S. send an additional letter 
containing only the request for MANPADS to develop 
countermeasures, since this should be a separate track and 
involved different officials and offices in the Ministry of 
Defense and military General Staff.  Tereshchenko said his 
office's proposal to remove SCUD missiles from the active 
inventory had been accepted and a directive to do so was 
under preparation.  This process would take 1-2 months, after 
which Ukraine could provide the U.S. with a SCUD inventory. 
End summary. 
 
2. (S) We followed up November 22 in a meeting with Deputy 
Defense Minister Volodymyr Tereshchenko on the status of USG 
requests for a SCUDS inventory (ref H) and the response to 
U/S Joseph's request for additional man-portable air defense 
systems (MANPADS) for countermeasures development and for 
destruction in the NATO PfP Trust Fund project (ref C). 
Colonel Oleg Kapshtyk, Chief of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) 
Military-Technical Cooperation Directorate, and Anatoly 
Korchagin, deputy for missile disposal in the MOD Missile and 
Munitions Disposal Directorate, joined Tereshchenko.  We 
reiterated that our MANPADS proposal remained a USG priority 
and that we were looking forward to organizing future 
discussions with senior-level colleagues from Washington. 
 
MANPADS 
------- 
 
3. (U) Tereshchenko stressed that the Ukrainian government 
remains committed to destruction of excess weapons and 
munitions and the MOD leadership places a high priority on 
supporting the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) Trust Fund 
project to eliminate excess and obsolete MANPADS, small arms 
and light weapons (SA/LW) and munitions.  MOD officials 
appreciate the lead nation role that the U.S. provides to the 
NATO PfP Trust Fund project.  In order to ensure smooth 
implementation of the project, Tereshchenko was personally 
meeting weekly with NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency 
(NAMSA) project manager (for the Trust Fund project) Steve 
Brown.  The Trust Fund had completed destruction of its 
target 1,000 MANPADS and arrangements were moving forward on 
SA/LW and munitions, as agreed. 
 
4. (SBU) Tereshchenko welcomed the USG offer to provide an 
additional USD 5 million for large-caliber munitions 
destruction if an additional 10,000 MANPADS were destroyed. 
In order to provide the correct response to the proposal, the 
MOD had reviewed the current status of its MANPADS stockpile 
to determine how many more might be eliminated.  The military 
Chief of Staff and General Staff had primary responsibility 
for combat capability and readiness, so Tereshchenko's office 
had held several meetings with their uniformed counterparts 
to develop a common position responding to the U.S. request. 
Tereshchenko showed us a working document from the General 
Staff to follow on the preliminary information that he had 
earlier provided to Brown.  He would forward the information 
formally over his signature as soon as the numbers were 
finalized. 
 
5. (C) The working document, Tereshchenko continued, 
specified that Ukraine would provide a total of 1,713 MANPADS 
and 582 gripstocks.  The MANPADS would consist of a 
combination of SA-7s, or the Strela 2M in the Ukrainian 
nomenclature, and the SA-14, or Strela-3.  The numbers might 
change slightly when the General Staff officially transmits 
the information to his office, Tereshchenko noted.  This 
offer did not mean that Ukraine would not offer more in the 
 
future, but he and his colleagues believed this was the 
appropriate number to offer now.  When we asked about the 
reduction from the 2,000 MANPADS that Tereshchenko had 
informed Brown would be provided, Tereshchenko explained the 
General Staff had t
old him that they were prepared to offer 
"about 2,000" and, in the General Staff's view, the 1,713 
figure was evidently still "about 2,000." 
 
6. (SBU) Tereshchenko repeated that Ukraine would be prepared 
to take another step toward our request for additional excess 
MANPADS in the future, since Ukraine wished to work toward 
disposal of all excess weapons and munitions.  He asked that 
the U.S. understand the Ukrainian government's sincere 
intentions in this regard and not reduce the USD 5 million 
offer of additional funding for the NATO PfP Trust Fund. 
Disposal of large-caliber munitions was also an important 
Trust Fund goal. 
 
7. (S) In response to our question, Tereshchenko said use of 
MANPADS for countermeasures development was an entirely 
different issue from MANPADS for destruction so "apples 
needed to be separated from oranges."  His office worked with 
the military General Staff on destruction of MANPADS, but 
MANPADS use for countermeasures development involved entirely 
different offices.  Tereshchenko recommended the U.S. send a 
letter that contained only a proposal on MANPADS 
countermeasures so that a separate mechanism could be 
developed for joint work toward countermeasures development. 
 
8. (S) Also in response to our question, Tereshchenko said he 
did not know the precise number of MANPADS that Ukraine 
possessed.  Rather than providing incorrect information, he 
would just say that he knows that the total stock is "more 
than 10,000." 
 
SCUD Inventory 
-------------- 
 
9. (C) Tereshchenko said Ukrainian cooperation with the U.S. 
to destroy SCUD missiles had been raised originally when 
Viktor Yanukovych was prime minister the first time; now that 
Yanukovych was prime minister again, Tereshchenko did not 
want to fail to follow through on the Ukrainian commitment. 
SCUD missiles, however, while perhaps obsolete, were still in 
the active inventory.  His office had proposed to the MOD 
leadership that the systems be decommissioned so the 
information regarding the number of SCUD missiles and their 
location could be declassified.  His MOD higher-ups had 
agreed to the proposal and the appropriate directive was 
being staffed.  This process would take about several months. 
 Once this was done, he would be able to provide a SCUD 
inventory to the U.S. 
 
10. (C) At the end, Tereshchenko said Missile and Munitions 
Disposal Department deputy director Volodymyr Popovich, while 
an experienced and valuable official, had been expressing his 
personal views during his earlier meeting with us. 
Tereshchenko apologized if his remarks had caused any 
misunderstandings. 
 
11. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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