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Title: UKRAINE: YANUKOVYCH STILL BITTER ABOUT THE

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06KIEV7132006-02-21 14:04:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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211404Z Feb 06
C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 000713 
 
SIPDIS 
 
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) 
 
¶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 
through it." 
 
¶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. 
 
¶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. 
 
¶4. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website at: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
HERBST