Radoslav Sikorsky recalled the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, according to which Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons in exchange for security guarantees. In his opinion, Moscow violated the obligations enshrined in the document

Radoslaw Sikorski

Former Polish Foreign Minister and current MEP Radoslaw Sikorski said that Russia violated the provisions of the Budapest Memorandum, therefore Western countries have the right “gift” Ukraine nuclear weapons. He said this on the air of the Espresso TV channel.

“As you know, Ukraine gave up its nuclear potential after the Budapest Memorandum was signed in 1994. Today, Russians and some still say that these were not guarantees [of its independence], but everyone then understood that Ukraine, in exchange for this, would be an independent country within the borders established since the times of the USSR. But since Russia violated this Budapest Memorandum, I believe that we, as the West, would have the right to give Ukraine nuclear warheads. So that she can defend her independence,— explained Sikorsky.

The Budapest Memorandum was signed on December 5, 1994 by Ukraine, Russia, Great Britain and the USA. The document provided security guarantees for Ukraine in exchange for its renunciation of nuclear weapons. The signatory countries pledged to respect the independence, sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, to refrain from threats to its territorial integrity.

On February 19, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced his desire to convene a summit of countries— members of the Budapest Memorandum for consultations. If the summit does not convene, Ukraine could invalidate the document, he argued.

On February 27, President Vladimir Putin ordered the containment forces to be put on special alert. He explained his decision by “aggressive statements”; against Russia by senior officials of NATO countries. Junior researcher at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, RIAC expert Ilya Kramnik explained that we are talking about increasing the readiness of nuclear forces.

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