The failure to comply with the 1994 Budapest Memorandum ruined the collective security system in Europe and proved that Ukraine’s disarmament was pointless. Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov said this in his speech dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signature of the Budapest Memorandum.
The Memorandum is a political agreement signed in Budapest on 5 December 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Memorandum was originally signed by the Russian Federation, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom.
“20 years after the Memorandum was signed, one of the signers attacked Ukraine, and the Russian Armed Forces occupied Crimea. At the time, Ukraine had its governmental agencies, economy and army completely in ruins. Our partners were there for us, they supported us, but it was clear no one was going to protect us, so we realized we had to rely on our own. So, the meaning of our Armed Forces for the country’s security can hardly be overestimated. We paid extremely huge price to realize that strong army and modern weaponry are the milestones of our independence. Restoring our military and economic potential is the only way to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and democratic dedelopment”, Turchynov said.