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Klimkin accuses Russia of Budapest Memorandum violation at UN Security Council
19:59, 15 December 2017
Klimkin accuses Russia of Budapest Memorandum violation at UN Security Council

Ukrainian relevant authorities cannot control the state of the nuclear arsenal in Crimea due to its annexation by Russia.

19:59, 15 December 2017

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Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine accused Russia of violation of Budapest Memorandum. He spoke at the session of the UN Security Council on the non-Proliferation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) due to the situation at the Korean peninsula as the Ukrainian Mission to the UN reported.

According to Klimkin, Ukraine faced the external aggression from Russia after it agreed on the nuclear disarmament.

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'As a result, my country was 'rewarded' with a violation of its borders in a blatant show of disregard for norms and principles of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act and a number of agreements, including the Budapest Memorandum itself. What kind of message had these actions sent to other non-nuclear states? To us, the message is pretty clear: Russian obligations mean nothing. They worth less than the cost of ink used for signing it', Klimkin claimed.

He added that the Ukrainian relevant authorities cannot control the state of the nuclear arsenal in Crimea that consists of two depots and more than 1.200 radioactive sources due to the annexation of Crimea by Russia.

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Kyiv points on the violation of the Budapest Memorandum and absence of the tough respond from other countries that signed the memorandum when Kyiv accused Russia of the annexation of Crimea.

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is the interstate document that provides the observance of the key-points of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, UN Charter and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons towards Ukraine as the state-member of the Treaty that does not possess nuclear weapons. The document was signed on December 5, 1994, by the leaders of Ukraine, the US, Russia and the UK.

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French and China that possessed the nuclear weapons at the moment of the signing of the memorandum and the members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons also provided the similar guarantees but did not sign the memorandum.

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