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07KYIV1560, UKRAINE: U.S.-RUSSIAN MISSILE DEFENSE DISCUSSION:

June 27, 2007

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07KYIV1560 2007-06-27 11:38 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO7169
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #1560 1781138
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 271138Z JUN 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2861
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 001560 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/UMB AND EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/27/2017 
TAGS: MARR MCAP PARM OPRC PREL RS AZ US UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: U.S.-RUSSIAN MISSILE DEFENSE DISCUSSION: 
INFORMATION PASSED DURING NON-PRO TALKS 
 
REF: A. STATE 87909 
     B. KYIV 1459 
 
Classified By: Deputy Political Counselor George Kent for reasons 1.4(b 
,d) 
 
1. (U) EUR/PRA Director and head of delegation to the 
U.S.-Ukraine non-proliferation Working Group (NPWG) talks 
Anita Friedt delivered ref A's notification June 26 to 
Ukrainian MFA Arms Control and Military-Technical Cooperation 
Department Director General Volodymyr Belashov on the margins 
of NPWG meeting.  EUR/PRA official Lisa Benthien and poloff 
(notetaker) sat in; MFA Arms Control Department Counselor 
Oleksandr Bondarenko joined Belashov. 
 
2. (C) Belashov said, in addition to discussing missile 
defense with the U.S., the GOU had consulted with the 
governments of Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, 
and Germany.  The MFA had collected information and, along 
with the Ministry of Defense and the National Space Agency of 
Ukraine (NSAU), provided input to the Ukrainian National 
Security and Defense Council (NSDC) for an NSDC review of 
U.S. plans to locate missile defense facilities in Poland and 
the Czech Republic.  NSDC had reviewed the issue and further 
tasked MFA to prepare a Ukrainian position regarding the 
facilities.  The MFA planned to convene an experts meeting to 
coordinate the Ukrainian position the week of July 2. 
(Comment: Belashov appreciated our efforts to keep Ukrainian 
officials informed of developments in the missile defense 
area.  The fact that the NSDC is preparing to approve 
Ukraine's formal position underscores the importance of 
continuing to provide updates and responding to the questions 
posed by the Ukrainian defense minister and other officials.) 
 
3. (C) While Belashov cautioned that MFA still had not 
finalized its recommendation, he previewed the likely 
outlines of a Ukrainian position to us, as follows: 
 
-- The proposed U.S. facilities would not defend Ukraine in 
the event of a missile attack on Ukraine. 
 
-- A missile intercept from the proposed U.S. facilities 
posed no threat to Ukrainian safety or security. 
 
-- That said, no country posed a missile threat to Ukraine, 
so development of a missile defense system capability was not 
a priority. 
 
-- Ukraine should not take a position with regard to the new 
U.S facilities. 
 
4. (C) Belashov commented that Russian officials seemed to be 
genuinely concerned by U.S. missile defense plans, rather 
than using the issue as a tactic to pressure the U.S.  He 
noted that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak had 
made a presentation at the OSCE Forum for Security 
Cooperation (FSC) meeting in Vienna and held two press 
conferences to present Russian views.  Belashov regretted 
that the U.S. or NATO member countries had not undertaken a 
similar media campaign; while he understood the U.S. was 
working to explain its views in NATO, he urged U.S. officials 
also to work in other multilateral fora, like the OSCE. 
 
5. (C) Finally, Belashov commented that Ukraine was closely 
following U.S.-Russia negotiations on the Joint Data Exchange 
Center (JDEC).  If an agreement were concluded, Russia would 
potentially commit to provide early warning data that it 
obtained from all sensors, including Ukrainian-operated 
radars in Mukacheve and Sevastopol.  Under agreements 
established within the Commonwealth of Independent States 
(CIS) framework, Russia would need to obtain Ukrainian 
permission to share the data, which Belashov noted would be 
readily forthcoming. 
 
6. (U) EUR/PRA Friedt cleared this message. 
 
7. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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