>Wikileaks And Turkish Navy

>When every important institution was some how effected by these cable it would be foolish to assume that Turkish Navy would be left out.

According to one cable send by US Ambassador MR. Tafft from Kyiv the former Ukrainian President Mr. Kuchma thinks that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is not a match against the Turkish Navy.

8. (C) Kuchma downplayed the strategic importance of the Russian Black Sea Fleet (BSF), saying it could dispatch a ship to scare Georgia, but would be no match for the Turkish fleet. Since Ukraine must now pay the “world price” for gas, said Kuchma mischievously, Ukraine should insist that Russia pay the “world price” (i.e., “what the Americans have to pay for bases”) to homeport its BSF in Sevastopol. The question of Sevastopol is above all an emotional/nostalgia issue for Russians (“the city of Russian glory”), and they will never quit hoping to get it back. Kuchma said he once told Moscow Mayor Luzhkov that Ukraine would agree to return Sevastopol to Russia — provided the U.S. returned Alaska to Russia, and Russia returned the Kurile Islands. to Japan and Kaliningrad to Germany.

Well this more or less a just a statement of the obvious. The Russian Black Sea Fleet as is inferior to Turkish Navy but combined with other Fleets Russian Navy is still a very worthy advisory that Turkey would not want to confront. Especially, when we are buying so much natural gas from them.

The alleged cable is tagged as following and is here to read.:

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KYIV 000190 SIPDIS E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/02/2020 TAGS: PREL, PGOV, ENRG, MARR, UP, RS SUBJECT: FORMER PRESIDENT KUCHMA ON UKRAINIAN ELECTION, FOREIGN POLICY

But I was not able to find it among the other cables in cablesearch.org. So for me this is still unconfirmed.

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