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07KYIV1104, UKRAINE: MANPADS ACQUISITION FOR COUNTERMEASURES

May 10, 2007

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07KYIV1104 2007-05-10 13:10 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0033
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #1104 1301310
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 101310Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2269
INFO RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO 0032
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

S E C R E T KYIV 001104 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR PM/WRA, EUR/UMB, EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/10/2017 
TAGS: MARR MOPS PREL PARM NATO PINR US UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: MANPADS ACQUISITION FOR COUNTERMEASURES 
DEVELOPMENT -- UKRAINE'S WRITTEN RESPONSE 
 
REF: A. KYIV 751 
     B. KYIV 210 
     C. KYIV 163 
     D. STATE 5539 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(b,c,d) 
 
1. (S) Ukrainian MFA provided the written response May 9 of 
the Ukrainian government position previewed ref A to the U.S. 
request for a mixture of 500 Igla-1 and 1,000 Igla MANPADS 
missiles for countermeasures development (ref C).  In a 
nutshell, the reply states that such MANPADS missiles are 
still in the Ukrainian Armed Forces' active inventory and 
therefore no excess missiles are available to be provided to 
the U.S. (unofficial MFA translation in para 2).  We 
expressed our disappointment, but noted that nonetheless a 
team was planning to arrive in Kyiv the week of May 14 to 
explore further possibilities for U.S.-Ukrainian cooperation 
in this area. 
 
2. (C) Begin text of Ukrainian MFA non-paper. 
 
Unofficial translation 
 
Confidential -- Releasable to the U.S. Government 
 
SIPDIS 
 
Regarding the transfer of the Ukrainian MANPADS to the United 
States 
 
Ukraine highly appreciates the cooperation with the United 
States in the Multinational Forces in Iraq in the past.  As 
well as the United States, we are concerned that these forces 
are vulnerable to attack from man-portable air defense 
systems (MANPADS). 
 
In February 2007, the U.S. Government approached the 
Government of Ukraine with the request to transfer to the 
U.S. 1,500 MANPADS (1,000 Igla and 500 Igla-1) for testing of 
the countermeasure systems which are being developed for 
civilian aviation protection. 
 
However, such types of MANPADS will be in service of the 
Armed Forces of Ukraine till 2011 and, therefore, could not 
be sold. 
 
At the same time, Ukraine would like to cooperate with the US 
in seeking the other opportunities of collaboration in the 
sphere of aviation protection, specifically, by possible use 
of the Ukrainian electro-optical suppression stations which 
are in service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2005 and 
now are being adapted for use in civilian aircraft. 
 
End text. 
 
3. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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