Russia, violating the Budapest Memorandum, destroyed the entire UN security system and is now developing the infrastructure for deploying nuclear weapons in the occupied Crimea creating threats to the European continent and the world. This was stated by Volodymyr Yelchenko, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN, speaking at the preparatory committee for the Review Conference on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty, reports Ukrinform.
"The gross violation of international commitments, including the Budapest Memorandum by Russia, a nuclear power and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, undermined the entire UN security system," the Ukrainian diplomat said.
Yelchenko also blamed Russia for the current crisis of the Treaty on the Elimination of Short and Medium-Range Missiles. According to him, the US withdrawal from the treaty was “justified” and was only the result of the systematic violation of its obligations by the Kremlin.
"In an era of increasing numbers of threats to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, as well as attempts to find security guarantees for countries that seek to have the means of nuclear deterrence, it is vital that the Budapest Memorandum be implemented," he said.
The Ukrainian diplomat added that the main objective of multilateral efforts to contain and non-proliferate nuclear weapons should be the universal proliferation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. He also noted that Ukraine supports the initiative to create nuclear-free zones (territories within which testing, deployment, storage and transit of nuclear weapons is prohibited), noting that they are especially needed in the Middle East.
“With the proliferation of nuclear-free zones, we will approach the ultimate goal of the complete elimination of nuclear weapons,” Yelchenko is convinced.
He also recalled the resolution No. 73/194 of the UN General Assembly adopted in December 2018 “The problem of the militarization of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine”, in which the UN expresses “concern about reports of the further destabilization of Crimea by transferring Russian weapons systems, including aircraft carriers and missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, weapons and military to the territory of Ukraine, and demands that Russia immediately stop this activity."