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08KYIV365, UKRAINE OPPOSES, BUT DOUBTS THAT RUSSIA WILL

February 15, 2008

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08KYIV365 2008-02-15 13:14 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0018
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #0365 0461314
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 151314Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4986
INFO RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC PRIORITY
RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000365 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/15/2018 
TAGS: PREL GG RU YI UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE OPPOSES, BUT DOUBTS THAT RUSSIA WILL 
RECOGNIZE ABKHAZIA 
 
REF: STATE 14840 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon for reasons 1.4(a,b,d). 
 
1. (C) As requested, PolCouns delivered the demarche 
contained reftel to Oleksandr Tsvetkov, Acting Director of 
the MFA's Political Department (with primary responsibility 
for the Kosovo issue) and Sergiy Kyslytsya, Director of the 
MFA's UN and Other International Organizations Department on 
February 15.  PolCouns asked that Ukraine make clear to 
Russia that it would not support recognition of Abkhazia and 
assure Georgia that Ukraine supported peaceful resolution of 
the conflict within Georgia's internationally recognized 
borders.  Both MFA interlocutors acknowledged our view and 
noted that Ukraine agreed with the U.S. position on possible 
Russian recognition of Abkhazia.  Tsvetkov asked why we 
believed the Russians were ready to acknowledge and asked for 
additional information about specific Russian statements that 
might show this intention.  Kyslytsya noted that if Russia 
recognized Abkhazia, in doing so it would also be recognizing 
Kovoso's right to be a separate country.  This would be 
particularly dangerous for Ukraine, especially with regard to 
both Transnistria in neighboring Moldova and, closer to home, 
in Crimea.  In short, both thought that it was unlikely that 
Russia would recognize Abkhazia, but stressed that Ukraine 
would oppose such a Russian move. 
 
2. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Taylor

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