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Cablegate: Ukraine: Response to Blue Lantern Pre-License End-Use Check

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STATE FOR PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR

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SUBJECT: UKRAINE: RESPONSE TO BLUE LANTERN PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK
ON LICENSE 05-050103848: AVIANT/ANTONOV

REF: A) Sabatini-Habinowski email of 7/9/08
B) State 62235

1. This is a reply to a Blue Lantern action request (ref B).

2. Post was requested to conduct a pre-license check on DDTC license
application number 05-050103848 for the export of power modules to
Ukraine via Russia (applicant: International Rectifier Corporation,
233 Kansas Street, El Segundo, CA). The foreign consignee is Aviant
State Aviation Plant ("Aviant"), 100/1 Pobedy Prospekt, Kyiv. The
end-user is Aeronautical Scientific Technical Complex Antonov
("Antonov"), 1 Tupolev Street, Kyiv.

3. Economic Officer Matthew Habinowski (U.S. citizen) and FSN
Economic Specialist Oksana Sukhina (Ukrainian national) met with
Nikolay Vorobyov, Deputy Chief Designer of the AN-70 at Antonov, on
July 10, 2008 at the U.S. Embassy to conduct a pre-license check.
(Note: Post met with Vorobyov at the Embassy because GOU
bureaucratic procedures to meet with foreign officials in GOU
buildings can take weeks. Antonov is a well-known company with
established relations with the USG, and we did not need to establish
its bona fides by visiting its facilities. End note.) Vorobyov's
contact telephone number is 380.44.400.2576. His email address is
vorobyov(at)antonov.com.

4. Vorobyov's description of the transaction differed slightly from
the sequence described in reftels. He told us that Russian company
Aeroelectromash would install the components into the PTS-15 static
converter and forward the item directly to Antonov. This particular
converter would not/not go to Aviant, but Vorobyov noted that he
anticipated that Aviant would be placing an order of "no less than
two" of the converters later this year for mass production of AN-70
planes. He surmised this was why they might have been included on
this license application.

5. Upon receipt of the converter, Vorobyov explained, Antonov would
conduct limited testing -- a majority of the testing would have been
done in Russia by Aeroelectromash -- and then install the converter
into an AN-70 aircraft. When Econoff inquired about the end-user of
the aircraft, Vorobyov said that Antonov had no existing sales
contract, but was hoping to sell the plane to either the Ukrainian
Ministry of Defense (MOD) or the Ukrainian Aviation Transportation
Company, a state enterprise owned by the MOD. Antonov, Vorobyov
asserted, had no plans to sell the aircraft to a foreign buyer.

6. Vorobyov demonstrated a general familiarity of export controls,
but was unaware of the specifics of the U.S. Munitions List (USML).
Econoff explained the contents of the USML, the administration of
export control on USML commodities, and the prohibition against
re-export without USG authorization. To the latter, Vorobyov
reiterated that Antonov only plans to sell the aircraft to domestic
customers.

7. Antonov is a large, bureaucratic state-owned enterprise and, as
is typical in former Soviet countries, decision-making requires
numerous approvals. Although the USG already has an established
relationship with Antonov in other areas, it took Post several weeks
to track down the appropriate official to answer to ref B questions.
Once identified, however, Vorobyov responded quickly to Post's
meeting request and answered all questions openly. Post recommends
Antonov as an acceptable recipient of U.S.-origin commodities.

Taylor

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