07MOSCOW1478, UKRAINIAN CRISIS: INITIAL REACTIONS FROM MOSCOW

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07MOSCOW1478 2007-04-03 16:16 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO3261
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #1478 0931616
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 031616Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8899
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 001478 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/03/2017 
TAGS: PREL PGOV UP RS
SUBJECT: UKRAINIAN CRISIS: INITIAL REACTIONS FROM MOSCOW 
 
 
Classified By: DCM Daniel A. Russell.  Reasons 1.4 (B/D). 
 
1.  (C) In the wake of President Yushchenko's decision to 
disband the Rada, the GOR issued a statement early April 3 
urging Ukrainian political forces to demonstrate wisdom and 
responsibility, and to act within the law.  State Duma 
Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev termed 
Yushchenko's decree "a mistake," saying there were no 
constitutional grounds for such an action.  Viktor Sorokin, 
Director of the MFA's Third CIS Department (Ukraine, Belarus 
and Moldova), told us that Russia believes that Ukrainian 
political forces must compromise and that the number one 
priority should be stability.  He viewed the current crisis 
as a continuation of the 2004 "schism."  Sorokin noted that 
the crisis had caused Yushchenko to cancel his expected April 
3 visit to Moscow, where the two presidents had planned to 
sign a Russia-Ukraine roadmap for the next two years. 
 
2.  (C) Sorokin observed that the Orange Revolution's real 
achievements (freedoms of press and assembly) had been 
upstaged by its leaders' struggle for power.  He added that 
the best solution would be for Yushchenko to retract the 
decree -- and seek a  workable compromise.  Sorokin warned 
that a country undergoing "eternal" elections "cannot hope to 
accomplish much."  Russia does not need an unstable Ukraine, 
he underlined. 
 
3.  (C) Ukrainian Embassy Political Counselor Myroslava 
Shcherbatyuk commented to us April 3 that Yushchenko lacked a 
legitimate legal basis for dissolving the Rada. 
Shcherbatyuk feared that Yushchenko's decision had thoroughly 
discredited him in Russian eyes.  A tearful Shcherbatyuk told 
us that she and her colleagues worry most about the widening 
split between the country's East and West.  She had been at 
the Maidan when the people of Ukraine gave the country to 
Yushchenko and now "we have only ourselves to blame." 
BURNS

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