Viewing cable 06VILNIUS51
Title: (C) GOL DENIES EXPORT LICENSE FOR IRANIAN HELO

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06VILNIUS512006-01-20 13:24:00 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 000051 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/NB, EUR/PRA, AND ISN/CATR 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/19/2016 
TAGS: KSTC PARM PREL ETTC MASS IR RS LH
SUBJECT: (C) GOL DENIES EXPORT LICENSE FOR IRANIAN HELO 
PILOT TRAINING IN RUSSIA 
 
REF: A. VILNIUS 15 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 1970 
     ¶C. VILNIUS 1346 (2005) 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Officer Alexander Titolo for reasons 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) Martynas Lukosevicius of the MFA's Arms Control, 
Non-Proliferation, and Disarmament Division informed us 
January 19 that the GOL would refuse the Lithuanian firm Avia 
Baltika's request for a license to broker helicopter training 
in Russia for Iranian pilots (ref C).  The decision of 
government's interagency export control board was unanimous, 
Lukosevicius said, ensuring that the Ministry of Economy's 
licensing division will reject Avia Baltika's application. 
He told us that the Ministry of Defense, a member of the 
interagency board, never received additional information it 
had requested from Avia Baltika (ref A), and that uncertainly 
surrounding the deal doomed it.  Most importantly, the GOL 
was not able to verify with Avia Baltika the identity and 
affiliation of the Iranian pilots due to receive the training. 
 
¶2.  (C) Lukosevicius said that the MOD thought it odd that 
the Russian company, SPARC JSC, would need its Lithuanian 
associate company to broker a course in Russia for third 
country attendees (ref C).  Avia Baltika's role in the 
venture seemed tangential and its share of the profits would 
have been very small.  We asked why the Russian firm would 
involve the Lithuanians at all, since doing so put the ball 
in the court of a government with close ties to the USG and a 
keen enough understanding of the Tehran regime to know that 
this deal would raise suspicions.  Lukosevicius told us that 
the MFA was asking itself the very same question. 
MULL