UN chief: Nuclear States violated obligations to Ukraine

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 14:59

UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned against using the crisis in Ukraine as a justification for the desire to obtain nuclear weapons. He said this at the beginning of the nuclear security summit, which takes place from 24 to 25 March in The Hague, according to news agency AFP. “In Ukraine’s case, the security guarantees were fundamental condition of Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” – said Ban Ki-moon.

According to the UN Secretary General, the reliability of the guarantees provided to Ukraine by the Budapest Memorandum is “seriously undermined” by the current events in the Crimea. According to Ban Ki-moon, the consequences of conflict around the Crimea for the national security of Ukraine and for national regulations on non-nuclear weapons are deep. “But this cannot justify the desire for nuclear weapons, which would only have increased the insecurity and isolation,” he added.

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1 Mar 2014 – Video message on Ukraine by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon: I have just spoken directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin by telephone. I told him that I am closely following the serious and rapidly unfolding developments in Ukraine. I am gravely concerned by some of the recent events, in particular those that could in any way compromise the unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the country. It is crucial to restore calm, and proceed to an immediate de-escalation of the situation. Cool heads must prevail, and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis. I appeal to President Putin to urgently engage in direct dialogue with the authorities in Kyiv.  Continue reading