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E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/30/2017 TAGS: PREL UP JA SUBJECT: JAPAN ASKS ABOUT U.S.-UKRAINE RELATIONS
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1. 4 (b) and (d).
1. (U) This message contains an action request in para 2.
2. (C) In the course of a separate conversation on FM Aso's recent visit to Eastern Europe, MOFA Central and South Eastern Europe Division Deputy Director Hiroki Takabayashi observed that not all of the countries subsumed in Aso's "Arc of Freedom and Prosperity" are "solid." Japan is especially concerned about stability in the countries of GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Moldova), where "frozen conflicts" (internal conflicts with pro-Russia military groups) persist. He noted with particular concern the recent rise to power of notoriously pro-Russia Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. Noting that the United States had supported GUUAM in the past, Takabayashi asked if U.S. assistance to the Ukraine would diminish with anti-U.S. elements gaining power in the Ukrainian government. ACTION REQUEST: Please provide guidance on how to respond to this question. SCHIEFFER