C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 000713
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/21/2016
TAGS: PREL PGOV LH
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: YANUKOVYCH STILL BITTER ABOUT THE
"PUTSCH" (AKA ORANGE REVOLUTION) DENYING HIM THE PRESIDENCY?
REF: KIEV 643
Classified By: Ambassador, reason 1.4 (b,d)
Â¶1. (C) As of December 2005, Yanukovych still expressed
bitterness about what he saw as the December 2004 "putsch"
denying him the Presidency, according to Lithuanian Embassy
Political Counselor Darius Vitkauskas. Vitkauskas told us
February 21 that when the Lithuanian Ambassador saw
Yanukovych in December 2005 for the first time since the
Orange Revolution, Yanukovych exploded into a finger-pointing
tirade even before initial pleasantries could be exchanged.
Referring to Lithuanian President Adamkus' role in the
"roundtable" negotiations between then-PM Yanukovych,
then-opposition leader Yushchenko, then-President Kuchma,
then-Polish President Kwasniewski, and EU High Commissioner
Solana, Yanukovych said accusingly, "You participated in last
December's putsch. You allowed yourself to be used as part
of Kuchma's machinations. Your activities then will have
negative implications for Lithuanian-Ukrainian relations
going forward. But somehow, we'll figure out a way to get
Â¶2. (C) Vitkauskas added that, after Yanukovych delivered a
smoothly presented speech February 14 outlying a pro-business
platform to diplomatic representatives (reftel), he
(Vitkauskas) talked with Regions Foreign Policy adviser
Ambassador Orel, formerly Ukraine's Ambassador to Italy and
before that a foreign policy adviser to Kuchma. Orel told
Vitkauskas that Yanukovych remained deeply suspicious of the
West and of the United States in particular, but that those
within Regions better disposed toward the West were working
to "moderate" Yanukovych's views in this regard.
Â¶3. (C) Comment: The Lithuanian vignette indicates that
Yanukovych continues to feel he was mistreated, including by
Kuchma, during Ukraine's 2004 presidential election crisis.
Â¶4. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website at: