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07KYIV332, UKRAINE: EU TROIKA MEETING LAUNCHES ENHANCED

February 9, 2007

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07KYIV332 2007-02-09 16:11 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KYIV 000332 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/07/2017 
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: EU TROIKA MEETING LAUNCHES ENHANCED 
AGREEMENT 
 
Classified By: Ambassador for reasons 1.4 (B) and (D) 
 
1. (C) Summary: A February 6 EU Troika meeting in Kyiv marked 
the launch of a new enhanced Partnership and Cooperative 
Agreement intended to strengthen economic and political ties 
- responding to a Ukrainian push for a new kind of 
partnership and closer ties to the EU.  The first meeting of 
a Working Group to hammer out the agreement, to be led on the 
Ukrainian side by DFM Andriy Veselovskiy, was set for March 
6.  A key feature of the new agreement will be a free trade 
zone and it is also expected to cover energy, economy, 
security, but not EU membership.  However, EU officials 
publicly and privately indicated that they are not ready to 
initiate substantive talks and the economic portion of the 
agreement would be tied to Ukraine first joining the WTO. 
Local foreign policy experts were satisfied with the results 
of the talks, but raised some concerns about the details of 
the new agreement and the absence of EU foreign policy chief 
Solana from the meeting. 
 
2.  (C)  Comment:  The success of the meeting, and the 
positive statements from both PM Yanukovych and President 
Yushchenko, demonstrated that in spite of their 
disagreements, the Ukrainian Government continues to have a 
unified approach on the importance of moving ahead on 
European integration and forging closer ties with the EU. 
Speaking after the meeting during a visit to Germany, 
Yushchenko predicted Ukrainian membership in the EU in ten 
years.  This is a positive step toward our main foreign 
policy goal for Ukraine: integrate Ukraine into Europe.  End 
Comment and Summary. 
 
Making the rounds in Kyiv 
------------------------- 
 
3. (C) The EU Troika delegation, led by German Foreign 
Minister Steinmeier, met with President Yushchenko, Prime 
Minister Yanukovych, and acting Foreign Minister Ohryzko. 
Notably absent from the meeting was EU Foreign Policy Chief 
Javier Solana, who canceled at the last minute citing 
pressing concerns over Kosovo.  However, the Germany Embassy 
here cautioned us from reading too much into Solana's 
reluctance to make the trip to Kyiv, even though he was in 
Moscow just before the Troika meeting, because he is 
scheduled to return here to receive an award in mid-March. 
Also absent was Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner 
for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy, due 
to medical reasons. 
 
4. (C) According to our Germany Embassy colleagues, FM 
Steinmeier insisted that the meeting go ahead with or without 
Solana and Ferrero-Waldner.  In Steinmeier's view, it was 
important to hold the meeting here in Kyiv to announce the 
opening of discussions on an enhanced relationship, rather 
than allowing the announcement to be made as one of many in 
some kind of protocol issued in Brussels.  The visit also 
took place in spite of reported fussing in Brussels over the 
lack of a confirmed Foreign Minister and a last-minute 
attempt by departing FM Tarasyuk to postpone the meeting. 
According to the Germans Embassy here, Yushchenko was furious 
when he heard that Tarasyuk, in the person of DFM 
Veselovskiy, contacted the Germans at the 11th hour to 
postpone the meeting.  Within hours, Presidential Secretariat 
Deputy Head Oleksandr Chaliy was on the phone with the German 
Ambassador overturning the MFA instruction to postpone. 
 
What Will Ukraine Get from the Agreement? 
----------------------------------------- 
 
5.  (SBU)  Press statements issued after the visit described 
the talks in positive terms, with Steinmeier calling it a 
"good day for relations between the EU and Ukraine".  The two 
sides were optimistic that the new agreement would strengthen 
economic ties through the free trade area and lead to 
increased cooperation in judicial, foreign and security 
policy areas.  However, the current EU position is that a new 
agreement should not include explicit prospects for EU 
membership.  A meeting of technical experts is scheduled for 
March 6 in Kyiv, to be led by DFM Veselovskiy. 
 
6. (C) Luis Manuel Portero Sanchez, Head of the European 
Commission Delegation's Trade and Economic Section, told 
Econoff February 7 that the troika meeting met the 
Commission's expectations.  He noted that there had been 
political pressure behind the push to formally announce a 
start to negotiations on a new agreement, however, and that 
substantive discussions could in fact not take place 
immediately.  He reiterated that virtually all economic 
elements of the enhanced agreement, especially an EU-Ukraine 
Free Trade Agreement (FTA), would be dependent on Ukraine 
first joining the WTO. 
 
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7. (C) Think tanker Oleksander Sushko told PolOff that the 
troika meeting met his expectations. Leading foreign policy 
expert, Oleksiy Haran, also viewed the outcome with measured 
approval, but did note some concerns - namely the eventual 
shape of the new agreement, which does not include prospects 
for eventual EU membership
.  He said that while the EU may be 
frustrated with the current turmoil in internal Ukrainian 
politics, membership talks could be held without tying it to 
the current situation because Ukraine's prospects for EU 
membership are projected far into the future. 
 
All Politics are Local... 
------------------------- 
 
8.  (C)  Haran also brought up the absence of Solana, 
worrying that this could be perceived as a slight from the EU 
and be used by some politicians to push for a less 
pro-European foreign policy.  Haran raised another sticking 
point.  He thought that some members of the majority 
coalition in the Rada have argued that the meeting did not go 
well, and Acting FM Ohryzko, President Yushchenko's nominee 
for the post, did not plan the meeting well.  Haran surmised 
that they could use this as an excuse not to vote for him to 
be the next Foreign Minister. 
 
9. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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