Viewing cable 08VILNIUS1047
Title: YUSHCHENKO VISITS LITHUANIA, REBUFFED ON BILATERAL

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08VILNIUS10472008-12-18 15:01:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: YUSHCHENKO VISITS LITHUANIA, REBUFFED ON BILATERAL 
SECURITY AGREEMENT 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Summary: President Adamkus and Ukrainian President 
Yushchenko met December 9 in Vilnius to sign a "roadmap" for 
the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership, previously 
announced in May.  They also discussed Ukraine's membership 
in the new EU Eastern Partnership initiative, and the 
NATO-Ukraine Commission.  Adamkus also told Yushchenko that 
Lithuania is not prepared to sign a bilateral common defense 
and security agreement at this time.  Looking forward, new 
GOL Foreign Minister Usackas will visit Kyiv to discuss 
EU/NATO cooperation issues after Christmas.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (C) Presidential Advisor Simonas Satunas told DCM December 
11 that the Yushchenko visit December 9 was prompted by the 
Ukrainian President's "urgent" desire to sign the "roadmap" 
for the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership.  The 
joint declaration itself was announced in May.  The "roadmap" 
covers the actual security, economic, energy, and 
environmental cooperation called for by the declaration. 
 
¶3. (C) Satunas also said Yushchenko pressed Adamkus on 
agreeing to a bilateral security and defense agreement, 
something that was first presented to Lithuania in November. 
Such an agreement would commit Lithuania to an Article 5-like 
common defense guarantee with Ukraine.  Yushchenko claimed 
the U.S. was close to signing a similar guarantee.  Adamkus 
told him however that Lithuania is not prepared to sign such 
an agreement at this time.  The Ukrainian President also 
raised the December 2-3 NATO ministerial in Brussels, saying 
he was happy with the result even though his country did not 
receive MAP.  He also told Adamkus that he has advocated NATO 
membership with the Ukrainian public for the past two years 
and that support for membership has doubled since then from 
17 to 34 percent. 
 
¶4. (C) Satunas said the Presidents also discussed corruption 
and energy issues.  Yushchenko agreed that there are problems 
for Lithuanian investors in Ukraine due to corruption.  He 
told Adamkus that these investors should raise any corruption 
issues directly with the President's office and that he will 
help "sort them out."  Yushchenko and Adamkus also agreed to 
set up a Belarus-Lithuania-Ukraine trilateral group to 
discuss ways to export Ukrainian electricity to Lithuania -- 
something Lithuania seeks as a way to end its energy 
isolation -- as expeditiously and transparently as possible. 
 
¶5. (C) MFA Head of Ukraine and Moldova Division Dainius 
Zikevicius told Post December 16 that new Foreign Minister 
Usackas will visit Ukraine sometime in the next month.  He 
intends to meet with the Ukrainian President, Prime Minister, 
and Foreign Minister, and will further engage with the 
Ukrainians on the EU Eastern Partnership and the NATO-EU 
Commission. 
CLOUD