Viewing cable 05VILNIUS1070
Title: SU-27 CRASH INVESTIGATION ENDS, PILOT SET TO

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05VILNIUS10702005-10-06 16:22:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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C O N F I D E N T I A L VILNIUS 001070 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/05/2015 
TAGS: MOPS PGOV PINS PREL RS LH
SUBJECT: SU-27 CRASH INVESTIGATION ENDS, PILOT SET TO 
DEPART (BY CAR) 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 977 
     ¶B. VILNIUS 993 
     ¶C. SECSTATE 176092 
     ¶D. VILNIUS 1012 
     ¶E. VILNIUS 1017 
     ¶F. VILNIUS 1046 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (SBU) Lithuania's Prosecutor General on October 6 closed 
the investigation of Russian pilot Valery Troyanov's 
involvement in the September 15 crash of a Russian Su-27 in 
Lithuania (ref A) and lifted his house arrest.  Press reports 
indicate that Troyanov and his wife plan to depart Lithuania 
by car for Kaliningrad by the morning of October 7. 
 
¶2.  (C) The Ambassador had broached the pilot's status with 
GOL leadership on several occasions to ensure that they 
understood the need to prevent the pilot's detention from 
clouding the other issues raised by the crash (refs D and E). 
 Ministry of Defense officials were careful not to get out in 
front of the Prosecutor General, though they made clear 
privately that they hoped for and anticipated a relatively 
speedy resolution.  The conclusion of Lithuania's 
intergovernmental commission's investigation and the 
presentation of its findings to the Prosecutor General 
October 5 paved the way for the decision to release the 
pilot.  The commission concluded that the intrusion into 
Lithuanian airspace and subsequent crash were the result of 
"technical, organizational, and human" factors.  This finding 
holds that the event was not a deliberate provocation, but 
rather the result of hasty preparation and lack of 
organization by the Russian military. 
 
¶3.  (C) Comment:  This episode has spurred intense debate 
here about airspace security, relations with Russia, and the 
meaning of NATO's security guarantee.  The GOL can be 
expected to keep pushing at NATO for more attention to the 
threat posed by the state of Russia's military and the unique 
challenges created by Kaliningrad's physical separation from 
Russia proper.  The Lithuanians -- and we -- eagerly await 
the result of NATO's investigation of the incident, with a 
view to maximizing the effectiveness of the air policing 
regime in the Baltics. 
MULL