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Cablegate: Turkmen, Ukrainian Leaders Fail to Reach Gas Deal

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SUBJECT: TURKMEN, UKRAINIAN LEADERS FAIL TO REACH GAS DEAL

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2. (SBU) Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko visited
Turkmenistan September 14-16, participating in negotiations
with Turkmen President Berdimuhamedov on September 15. As
expected, the two Presidents did not reach agreement on
resuming direct supplies of Turkmen gas to Ukraine, despite
discussions that reportedly lasted two and a half hours.
Moreover, the Turkmen media did not even report whether the
gas supply issue was raised during negotiations. In a joint
statement published in local newspapers, the two Presidents
merely pointed out the importance of cooperation in the energy
sector and various other industries.

3. (SBU) During Yushchenko's visit, he and his delegation did
manage to conclude the following non-energy agreements with
the Turkmen: Cooperation Agreement between the Turkmen
Institute of Transport and Communications and Ukraine's
National Transportation University; Agreement on Establishing
a Business Council between Turkmen and Ukrainian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry; Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of
Research and Protection of Species of Plants between the
Turkmen Ministry of Agriculture and the Ukrainian Ministry of
Agricultural Policy; and a Protocol on Cooperation between the
Turkmen and Ukrainian MFAs.

4. (SBU) On September 16, Berdimuhamedov and Yushchenko
participated in the much-anticipated inauguration of a railway
bridge over the Amu Darya River built by the Ukrainian state
company Ukratransstroy (reftel). The bridge took eight years
to complete and has been a source of bilateral tension between
the two countries for some time. The two presidents also
participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for a highway bridge
to be built by another Ukrainian company, Altkom.

5. (SBU) COMMENT: Although the Ukrainian head of state had
announced a direct gas deal with Turkmenistan as the main
purpose of his trip, the Turkmen did not budge.
Turkmenistan's ongoing gas deal negotiations with Russia, and
Ukraine's unfortunate track record when it comes to
construction jobs in Turkmenistan, certainly affected the
Turkmen decision to leave a direct gas deal with Ukraine on
the table. It's important to note that when Russian President
Medvedov left Turkmenistan last week, President Berdimuhamedov
gave him a prized Ahal-Teke horse. Ukrainian President
Yushchenko, however, went back to Kyiv virtually empty-handed.
END COMMENT.

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