The former President explained why Ukraine does not need to resume nuclear capability.
The first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk in the program “Gordon” on the TV channel “112 Ukraine” said Ukraine does not need to resume nuclear capability.
“And you imagine that our nuclear weapons is valid, so we made it here, are here to restore it, has everything to nuclear weapons to produce and put on the media. Nuclear weapons were made in Russia, Arzamas. All warheads, 165 strategic, and each carrying 5 charges, it’s 700, all aimed at the US and their validity expired in 1997. In 1997 it was necessary to remove the warheads and where to give? In Russia. This is a contrived Chimera, and now this speculate. The only way was to give up nuclear weapons. And the only way for mankind to stop the manufacture of nuclear weapons,” – said Kravchuk.
On the question of whether Ukraine to restore its nuclear potential, Kravchuk said: “firstly, impossible, and secondly, don’t”.
Recall the fundamental principles of nuclear-free ( “not accept, produce or acquire nuclear weapons”) was enshrined in the Declaration on state sovereignty of Ukraine adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR on 16 July 1990.
Despite the accession to the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and the commitments of all nuclear weapons on its territory, December 5, 1994 between Ukraine, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States signed the so-called Budapest Memorandum, in which the above-mentioned member States had to respect the independence, sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine, to refrain from any manifestations of aggression against Ukraine, including from economic pressure. June 2, 1996 Ukraine officially lost its nuclear status.
The foreign Ministry of Ukraine after the beginning of the aggression of the Russian Federation repeatedly declared that Russia ignores the provisions of the UN Charter and comply with its obligations under the Budapest Memorandum. At the same time, the Russian foreign Ministry says that the country has not violated the Budapest Memorandum.
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