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07KYIV126, UKRAINE: BILATERAL NONPROLIFERATION WORKING GROUP

January 19, 2007

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07KYIV126 2007-01-19 09:03 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0001
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #0126/01 0190903
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 190903Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0955
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN PRIORITY 0004
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 0023
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 0004
RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW PRIORITY 0045

S E C R E T KYIV 000126 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR ISN, PM/WRA, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/18/2017 
TAGS: PARM PREL MNUC ETTC PHSA PINR CA UK PL UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: BILATERAL NONPROLIFERATION WORKING GROUP 
(NPWG) DATES AND AGENDA 
 
REF: A. STATE 4758 (NOTAL) 
 
     B. 06 STATE 193028 
     C. 06 STATE 190802 
     D. 06 STATE 189715 
 
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 8. 
 
2 (S) Summary:  We delivered draft agenda contained ref A to 
MFA Director Belashov January 17.  His specific comments on 
the agenda contained below in para 4.  Belashov also 
complained that USG suspicions about possible transfer cases 
were often baseless; requested that the requests be vetted 
more carefully, since the Ukrainian follow-up investigations 
were costly; and inquired whether requests for such 
information could be passed through intelligence channels. 
End summary. 
 
3. (U) Visiting EUR/PRA Director Anita Friedt, PM/WRA Deputy 
Director Steve Costner, Defense Threat Reduction Office 
(DTRO) Kyiv Chief Luke Kluchko, and poloff delivered draft 
nonproliferation working group (NPWG) agenda January 17 to 
MFA Military Technical Cooperation and Arms Control 
Department Director Volodymyr Belashov.  Counselor Oleh 
Belokolos and Olena Syrota from his department also sat in. 
 
Agenda Comments 
--------------- 
 
4. (S) Belashov had the following specific comments regarding 
the agenda: 
 
-- He suggested combining agenda item 4 (nuclear energy 
issues) with item 5 (HEU removal from Kyiv and Sevastopol); 
item 1 (Global Partnership) with item 6 (construction of 
spent nuclear fuel storage facility); and item 11 with item 
12, thereby combining all categories of transfer cases. 
Belashov added that the Ukrainian delegation would be 
prepared to report on implementation status of the 18 
projects under the Global Partnership nuclear smuggling 
initiative.  (Comment: Belashov appeared dismayed at the 
number of separate agenda items (17), which had ballooned 
from around 12 in earlier meetings, and to be seeking to 
streamline the discussion somewhat by reducing the number.) 
 
-- Belashov requested clarification on what would be 
discussed under each agenda item, in particular item 2 
(nuclear smuggling) and item 3, (nonproliferation of WMD 
expertise/Science and Technology Center).  He said Security 
Service of Ukraine (SBU) representatives would be prepared to 
discuss recent cases involving attempted sales domestically 
of radioactive and sensitive materials, but sought guidance 
on whether item 2 called for such information.  He also asked 
for an advance confirmation of the transfer cases that the 
Ukrainian side should be prepared to discuss.  (Comment: In 
general, Belashov appeared to be seeking information in order 
to better determine the composition of the Ukrainian 
delegation, such as, for example, whether to include someone 
knowledgeable on Science and Technology Center activities.) 
 
-- Belashov said the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense had asked 
that "melange rocket fuel" be added as an agenda item, 
possibly with Polish participation.  Belashov added 
parenthetically that the containers holding 16,000 tons 
altogether of the highly toxic and corrosive material were 
expected to begin leaking in two years, so not much time 
remained to address the problem.  The OSCE was willing to 
help, but OSCE procedures required a lengthy lead time to 
start a project.  Ukraine was also asking the EU for 
assistance, and Poland had agreed to provide 
$300,000-$400,000 to convert melange into fertilizer or an 
industrial chemical. 
 
-- Belashov had no objection to participation of UK, Polish, 
and Canadian government officials.  He suggested that 
Germany, since it is simultaneously G8 and EU presidents, 
also be invited to sit in on relevant agenda items.  (We 
would suggest including the Polish and UK representatives in 
the discussion on melange, if the Department agrees to add it 
to the agenda.) 
 
5. (U) Friedt welcomed Belashov's suggestion that a 
representative of state-owned enterprise Ukrspetsexport be 
included as part of the Ukrainian delegation.  Belashov said 
the Ukrspetsexport representative would be Deputy Director 
 
General Lysenko. 
 
Transfer Cases 
-------------- 
 
6. (S) Belashov apologized for the delay in responding to our 
requests for information on possible transfers of 
MTCR-prohibited or dual-use technologies (refs B-D).  He said 
MFA was merely the conduit for Ukrainian government 
responses.  His office immediately contacted other offices 
for information with a request to expedite a response, but 
the information could take as long as a month-a
nd-a-half to 
come in.  MFA was obligated to pass on USG inquiries to all 
responsible offices, resulting in a large expenditure of 
manpower and resources to track down the information.  While 
the Pavlograd mixer case was a notable exception, Belashov 
complained that many USG inquiries turned out to be baseless 
and wondered whether the request for information could be 
passed in intelligence channels rather than through the MFA. 
(Embassy Note:  We routinely coordinate the delivery of our 
requests for information on these possible transfer cases 
with other relevant USG agencies at post, and try to deliver 
these requests to the MFA and the Ukrainian security services 
in parallel.  We find that double-tracking these requests for 
information works well.  End Note) 
 
7. (S) In many cases, Belashov continued, USG inquiries 
appeared to be prompted by governments and firms casting a 
broad and indiscriminate net for offers that Ukrainian 
companies immediately had rejected or were unable to provide. 
 In the case of the Ukrainian company that was allegedly 
preparing to supply heavy water to Pakistan (ref B), for 
example, the Ministry of Industry had determined that the 
company in question had no capability to produce heavy water 
and, in fact, there was no heavy water in the quantity 
requested available for sale in all of Ukraine.  The State 
Export Control Service also had no record of a request to 
negotiate or conclude such a business deal.  Belashov urged 
us to check the validity of the intelligence information more 
carefully. 
 
Action Request 
-------------- 
 
8. (U) Request that Department provide an amended agenda to 
pass to MFA incorporating suggestions in paragraph 4 that are 
acceptable.  We also request that each agenda item be 
annotated with a proposed Ukraine or U.S. lead, rather than 
ref A proposal that Ukraine and U.S. alternate on leading the 
discussion. 
 
9. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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