Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry demanded that the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum conduct consultations to provide compliance with the obligations and cease Russian aggression, as the press office of the institution reported.
24 years ago, Ukraine refused from a nuclear weapon in exchange for security guarantees, which were embodied in the Budapest Memorandum by UK, the U.S., and Russia due to the fact that Ukraine joint the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. In particular, these states obliged to refrain from the threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.
The Foreign Ministry stresses that on November 25, Russia performed another act of armed aggression against Ukraine – it has captured Ukraine’s Navy vessels in the Black Sea and Kerch Strait.
“On November 28, 2018, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry appealed to the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum with a demand to conduct immediate consultations to provide complete compliance with the obligations and immediate termination of Russian aggression against Ukraine,” the message says.
Ukrainian diplomats stress that Ukraine regards the Budapest Memorandum as an important tool which provides security for Ukraine and demands that Russia adheres to commitments made.
“Russian aggression and violation of the conditions of Ukraine’s refusal from nuclear weapon undermines the international regime of non-proliferation and will define the future relations with the countries which can choose the way of development of this type of weapons,” the statement says.
The representatives of the Foreign Ministry noted that only effective steps can restore credibility to the Budapest Memorandum
As it was reported, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko presented a bill on termination of the Treaty of Friendship with Russia to the Verkhovna Rada. The Head of the State offers to cease the operation of the treaty since April 1, 2019.