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09KYIV953, SEA BREEZE MILITARY EXERCISE AT RISK

June 3, 2009

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09KYIV953 2009-06-03 15:07 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXRO9562
PP RUEHDBU
DE RUEHKV #0953 1541507
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 031507Z JUN 09
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 7902
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 000953 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/05/2019 
TAGS: PGOV PREL UP
SUBJECT: SEA BREEZE MILITARY EXERCISE AT RISK 
 
REF: KYIV 00924 
 
Classified By: Acting Political Counselor Robert Scott for reasons 1.4( 
b,d) 
 
SUMMARY 
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1. (C) The Rada on June 3 again failed to include on its 
agenda legislation authorizing foreign military personnel to 
participate in joint training exercises on Ukrainian 
territory.  Although the legislation is necessary for Ukraine 
to conduct eleven training exercises planned for 2009 with 
various countries, it is most closely associated with the 
annual Sea Breeze US-Ukraine bilateral exercise.  Sea Breeze 
is slated for July 13-26, leaving the Rada little time to act 
and still insure the exercise takes place.  Coalition MPs 
indicate that party leadership is not pushing this issue onto 
the agenda.  End Summary. 
 
COALITION LACKS POLITICAL WILL TO PUSH FORWARD 
--------------------------------------------- - 
 
2. (C) Coalition MPs told us June 3 that there is little 
effort being made to ensure the passage of the military 
exercise authorization legislation.  Serhiy Vlasenko from 
Prime Minister Tymoshenko's bloc (BYuT) explained that the 
bloc is focused on the BYuT/Regions broad coalition talks and 
is not discussing passage of the military exercise law. 
Pro-presidential Our Ukraine-People's Self Defense (OU-PSD) 
bloc MP Lilya Grigoryvna told us the bill will not come up 
for a vote this week, and if it did it would not pass.  The 
Coalition's effort to push the military exercise legislation 
is over, according to pro-coalition OU-PSD MP Kyrylo Kulykov. 
 BYuT MP Valeriy Pysarenko explained that it would be 
politically helpful in the charged environment in the run up 
to either the presidential election or a reformatting of the 
coalition to avoid a showdown over legislation so closely 
associated with NATO. 
 
COMMENT 
------- 
 
3. (C)  The cancellation of Sea Breeze could have a number of 
negative knock-on effects beyond the termination of this 
year's exercise.  The government's inability or unwillingness 
to pass the authorizing legislation undercuts its repeated 
public statements of support for closer military integration 
with the West.  The comment from Pysarenko in incorrectly 
describing Sea Breeze as a "NATO" exercise underscores the 
difficulty this legislation has faced as parties are leery of 
taking positions which could be used by opponents to cast 
them as "pro-NATO" in the presidential election run-up. The 
media has focused on the fate of Sea Breeze since this 
spring, when formal letters of protest were addressed to the 
Rada by local leaders in Donetsk and by the Crimean 
parliament.  We expect that attention - and speculation about 
motivations - will intensify in the wake of any cancellation. 
 
PETTIT

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