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07KYIV125, UKRAINE: SCUD INVENTORY UPDATE

January 19, 2007

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07KYIV125 2007-01-19 09:03 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0000
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #0125 0190903
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 190903Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0954
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY

S E C R E T KYIV 000125 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR ISN, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2017 
TAGS: ETTC PARM PREL MTCRE MNUC UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: SCUD INVENTORY UPDATE 
 
REF: A. 06 KYIV 4432 
 
     B. 06 KIEV 2452 
     C. 06 STATE 99428 
 
Classified By: Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Kent Logsdon for reasons 
1.4(b,c,d) 
 
1. (U) This is an action request.  See para 5. 
 
2. (S) During a January 17 meeting, Deputy Defense Minister 
Tereshchenko expressed optimism to visiting EUR/PRA Director 
Anita Friedt, PM/WRA Deputy Director Steven Costner, and DOD 
and Embassy Kyiv representatives that the Ukrainian 
government would soon be able to release a long-promised SCUD 
missile inventory (reftels). 
 
3. (S) Acknowledging Friedt's point that the Ukrainian 
government had committed to destroy its SCUD missiles in 
return for USG support for Ukraine's MTCR membership, 
Tereshchenko said he had been a commander of rocket forces as 
a Ukrainian artillery officer about ten years ago.  He had 
retired in 2000 and was now a civilian official, so, despite 
his background, other Ministry of Defense officials and the 
Chief of the General Staff had responsibility for decisions 
regarding SCUD missiles.  In initial consultations with the 
relevant officials, Tereshchenko had received a positive 
response to his proposal to decommission SCUD missiles.  Once 
they were out of the active military inventory, information 
on their number and location would no longer be considered 
classified and he would skirt the difficulty of obtaining 
authority to release such classified information to the USG. 
The next step would be the release of a Ministry of Defense 
directive to decommission the missiles, but the directive had 
not yet been authorized.  Tereshchenko said he would 
re-engage on the issue and cite his meeting as evidence of 
continued USG interest in the matter. 
 
4. (S) Tereshchenko said he had heard that the USG was 
interested in purchasing several SCUD missile systems for 
training its personnel.  He inquired whether the USG still 
intended to do so.  This information would be factored into 
Ministry of Defense plans for SCUD destruction. 
 
5. (U) Request Department provide information to respond to 
Tereshchenko's inquiry in para 4. 
 
6. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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