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09KYIV1714, DIPLOMATIC NOTE REGARDING UKRAINIAN LINK OUTAGE

October 2, 2009

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09KYIV1714 2009-10-02 15:29 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

VZCZCXYZ0005
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHKV #1714 2751529
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 021529Z OCT 09
FM AMEMBASSY KYIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 8518
INFO RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0471
RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ASTANA 0052

C O N F I D E N T I A L KYIV 001714 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/02/2019 
TAGS: PREL PARM UP
SUBJECT: DIPLOMATIC NOTE REGARDING UKRAINIAN LINK OUTAGE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 93861 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Colin Cleary, Reason 1.4 (b/d) 
 
 1. (U)  Embassy delivered reftel diplomatic note formally to 
MFA on September 17.  Embassy also delivered substance of the 
note a demarche/talking points, along with an advance copy of 
the note itself to MFA,s Arms Control and Military Technical 
Cooperation Directorate on Monday, September 14. Embassy 
raised the substance and discussed the ongoing outage with 
Evgeniy Shendyuk of the Verification Directorate of the UAF 
General Staff on both September 15 and 16. 
 
Delivery Status 
--------------- 
2. (C) Embassy continues to pass NRRC messages per Washington 
instructions directly to Verification Directorate head 
Shendyuk, who travels across town (a journey that can take as 
much as forty-five minutes or more in either direction) to 
receive them in hard copy from us.  On at least one occasion, 
Shendyuk has postponed a hand-off due to the messages' 
relatively low priority and the inconvenience of this 
arrangement. This may raise concerns about technical 
fulfillment of Treaty obligations. 
 
3.  (C) Reaction at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the 
demarche was tepid, although the MFA had not been impacted by 
the outage in any way.  Two days later, Shendyuk approached 
us to ask how Ukraine should pass its notifications to the 
U.S.  His leading questions conveyed a hope that Embassy Kyiv 
would volunteer to take the information, format it and 
transmit it via our own channels on the Directorate's behalf. 
 Our recommendation that the Verification Directorate deliver 
outgoing messages via the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington 
seemed to cause a logistical problem for Shendyuk, as he did 
not know how to format the message so that MFA could transmit 
it to the Embassy, and sought our advice on the problem. 
 
Comment 
------- 
4.  (C) Previous and subsequent discussions with Shendyuk 
have not shed much light on what the real problem is; 
however, there could well be several factors at work. The 
Verification Directorate - which does not have an internet 
connection and which communicates via a single phone/fax 
machine - may be unable to pay the Ukrainian service provider 
and service has been disconnected.  It is also possible that 
the interruption has something to do with the ongoing 
negotiations with the U.S. NRRC over the cost of providing 
service in the post-START future. 
 
5.  (C) It might be worth considering whether it is possible 
to shift both sides of the communication equation (both 
outgoing and incoming NRRC messages) to Washington, through 
the Ukrainian Embassy, in order to increase MFA awareness of 
the problem and potentially reduce the risk of messages not 
being received promptly by the GoU in Kyiv. 
PETTIT

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