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07KYIV1825, UKRAINE: SHIPMENT OF WEAPONS FROM UKRAINIAN PORT

July 27, 2007

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07KYIV1825 2007-07-27 12:59 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0007
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #1825 2081259
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 271259Z JUL 07
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3182
INFO RUEHAM/AMEMBASSY AMMAN PRIORITY 0010
RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 0009
RUEHGB/AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD PRIORITY 0007
RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 0019
RUEHEG/AMEMBASSY CAIRO PRIORITY 0002
RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS PRIORITY 0004
RUEHKH/AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM PRIORITY 0002
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 0221
RUEHNC/AMEMBASSY NICOSIA PRIORITY 0005
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 001825 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT ALSO FOR EUR/UMB AND EUR/PRA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/27/2017 
TAGS: PARM PREL EWWT MARR UP TU IZ
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: SHIPMENT OF WEAPONS FROM UKRAINIAN PORT 
TO UNKNOWN RECIPIENT 
 
REF: A. STATE 104162 
 
     B. ANKARA 1913 
 
Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Michael Uyehara for reasons 1 
.4(b,d) 
 
1. (C) We delivered ref A inquiry regarding the destination 
of the St. Vincent-flagged vessel Slavyanin July 27 to MFA 
Arms Control and Military Technical Cooperation Department 
Director Volodymyr Belashov.  When doing so, we emphasized 
the urgency of the request.  Belashov said he would 
immediately transmit our inquiry to the appropriate Ukrainian 
government ministries and agencies, particularly the State 
Service for Export Control (SSEC), which would have been 
responsible for issuing an export license for any arms 
shipment.  He opined that, since the vessel departed from 
Okyabrsk, the shipment was probably transiting from either 
Russia or Belarus. 
 
2. (C) Given the urgency of the request, we inquired whether 
a direct inquiry to SSEC might be expedient.  Belashov said 
SSEC was likely to respond only to an MFA inquiry and rebuff 
a direct Embassy approach.  In fact, when we inquired with 
SSEC Deputy Chairman Reshetilov, Reshetilov only confirmed 
that such a shipment, even a transit one, would require an 
export license but said he would provide additional 
information only in response to an inquiry channeled through 
MFA.  The State Customs Service confirmed that the ship 
carried military goods and that the shipment had the 
appropriate license, but would not share any further 
information.  The port of Oktyabrsk, which is a military one, 
advised us that it would not divulge information about 
military shipments for national security reasons. 
 
3. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
 
MINIMIZE CONSIDERED 
 
Taylor

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