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09KYIV1470, JCIC-DIP-09-007: U.S. RESPONSE TO UKRAINIAN

August 28, 2009

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09KYIV1470 2009-08-28 14:38 2011-08-30 01:44 SECRET Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0007
PP RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #1470 2401438
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
P 281438Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8329
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 0469
RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ASTANA PRIORITY 0051
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 0198
RHMFISS/DTRA ALEX WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/DTRA DULLES WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHNSC/WHITE HOUSE NSC WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHMFISS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY

S E C R E T KYIV 001470 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/28/2019 
TAGS: KACT PARM UP
SUBJECT: JCIC-DIP-09-007: U.S. RESPONSE TO UKRAINIAN 
NON-PAPER ON UKRAINE'S POSITION IN CONNECTION WITH THE 
EXPIRATION OF THE START TREATY 
 
REF: SECSTATE 87998 
 
Classified By: Charge d'Affaires, a.i. James D. Pettit, Reason 1.5 (b) 
and (d) 
 
1.  (S) Embassy delivered reftel demarche to MFA Directorate 
for Arms Control and Military Technical Cooperation Counselor 
Olesander Bondarenko on August 28. Bondarenko welcomed the 
opportunity to discuss the response and replied that the U.S. 
response was predictable and consistent with previous 
assurances of U.S. commitment to Ukrainian sovereignty and 
security. 
 
2.  (S) Bondarenko went on to ask when the United States 
would open bilateral consultations with Ukraine on the 
subject of Ukraine's participation in post-START discussions 
and/or security guarantees, and the concerns which Ukraine 
has raised on several occasions.  Bondarenko delicately, but 
pointedly, noted that Ukraine will hold its third round of 
bilateral consultations with Russia on this subject on 
September 3, in Geneva.  He said that Russia has been a 
willing interlocutor and easy to work with in this regard. 
By contrast, he said, there have been no ideas from the 
United States. 
 
3.  (S) Opining on different approaches to security 
guarantees and on the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, Bondarenko 
went a bit further and said that, although Ukraine 
appreciates U.S. bilateral statements, the "lack of partners" 
standing with us to restate commitment to the Budapest 
Memorandum is disheartening.  A multilateral statement or 
recommitment would be desirable and beneficial for Ukraine. 
He recalled in particular that France and China both signed 
the Memorandum, in addition to the U.S., Russia, and the U.K. 
 Bondarenko mused that a multilateral document need not be 
legally binding; a political document could also be helpful. 
 
PETTIT

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