Ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine calls Lavrov’s statement “absolutely absurd”

Source : 112 Ukraine

Steven Pifer reminded that Budapest Memorandum requires Moscow not to use or threaten any force against Ukraine
08:06, 16 January 2018

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Former Ambassador of the United States in Ukraine Steven Pifer called the statement of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying that Russia did not violate Budapest Memorandum since it did not use nuclear weapons against Ukraine “absolutely absurd.” He wrote this in Twitter.

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“This assertion by Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov is absolutely absurd. Budapest Memorandum requires Moscow not to use or threaten any force -- not just nuclear weapons -- against Ukraine. Lavrov is not stupid; he knows this,” Pifer noted.

As it was reported, Lavrov claimed that Russia did not violate its commitments on the Budapest Memorandum when it annexed Crimea. Moreover, he claimed that Ukraine began to exist within other state borders and Moscow is ready to respect them.

Russia respects the territorial integrity of Ukraine excluding annexed Crimea. Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Ministry of Russia claimed.

Related: Lavrov, Tillerson to discuss Ukraine in Vienna

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