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07KYIV705, UKRAINE: AMBASSADOR ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE

March 29, 2007

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07KYIV705 2007-03-29 09:36 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO8685
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #0705 0880936
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 290936Z MAR 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 1725
INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE PRIORITY
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000705 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
NSC FOR M A HAYWARD; DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/NCE, EUR/PRA - M 
AZEVEDO, EUR/PPD - T CORN, AND VCI/MDSP - S ROSENKRANTZ 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/26/2017 
TAGS: PREL MARR MCAP PINR RS PL EZ US UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: AMBASSADOR ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE 
CHAIRMAN'S MISSILE DEFENSE CONCERNS 
 
REF: KYIV 668 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4 (b,d). 
 
1. (C) Ambassador had a discussion on U.S. missile defense 
plans March 26 with parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Foreign 
Affairs Committee Chairman Vitaly Shybko.  Shybko said his 
Committee on Foreign Affairs and the other committee of 
jurisdiction, the Committee on National Security and Defense, 
had earlier examined the issue and chosen not to take a 
position until technical experts had had an opportunity to 
examine the facts.  Unfortunately, a Rada member (i.e., 
Communist Party member Deputy Speaker Adam Martyniuk) had 
forced the issue by tabling a draft Rada resolution.  Shybko 
noted that no one had listened to First Deputy Defense 
Minister Polyakov and Deputy Foreign Minister Veselovsky's 
March 22 briefing to the Verkhovna Rada (reftel) because all 
the Rada members that attended the briefing had already 
formed their positions. 
 
2. (C) Shybko said the 2003 special law on security had 
warned against measures that created an imbalance in 
Ukrainian foreign policy; Ambassador stressed that the 
planned missile defense emplacement would not create an 
imbalance since it was intended solely to counter a possible 
Iranian ballistic missile capability.  Shybko's other 
questions continued to explore the possible impact of U.S. 
missile defense plans on Russia, with Ambassador emphasizing 
U.S. desire for transparency with all countries potentially 
affected by its plans. 
 
3. (C) At the end of the meeting, Shybko opined that Rada 
Chairman Oleksandr Moroz might elect to drag out discussion 
of the resolution in the committees, or move forward on a 
resolution full of "lawyerly" language, without much 
significance.  Shybko said he would discuss next steps with 
Rada Chairman Moroz.  Ambassador offered to brief Moroz, 
either separately or together with Shybko.  Shybko said he 
would be leaving with Moroz March 27 for a familiarization 
trip to China, returning March 31.  He would relay 
Ambassador's suggestion to him. 
 
4. (C) Comment:  Shybko is a relative moderate for a 
Socialist Party member and has some familiarity with the 
technical issues related to missile defense, since he started 
his working career as an engineer with the Yuzhnoye/Pivdenne 
design bureau, which developed Soviet ICBMs, in the late 
1960s.  He could have some influence with fellow Socialist 
Party member Moroz, but he is likely to keep a low profile on 
the missile defense issue.  The Party of Regions increased 
the number of seats on the Foreign Affairs Committee in order 
to hold a majority, and Shybko will act carefully so as to be 
sure to retain his chairmanship. 
 
5. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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