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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Ohryzko: the guarantors fail to act, Ukraine must act on its own, building military potential

4112-5-2Volodymyr Ohryzko, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007 – 2009). March 6, 2014

Long-awaited consultations of the “guarantors” of Ukraine’s independence in Paris have fully failed. Only infinite political and security fantasy can suggest that a decision about sending observers to Crimea constitutes sufficient “guarantees”. A sad ironic smile is the only sentiment this decision can provoke. Ukraine continues to be left without support.

Another thing is also surprising. All the “guarantors” – and not only guarantors – started calling the brutal aggressor to negotiate with its victim. Is this what “guarantors” consider as steps to ensure our territorial integrity and security? Do they have any doubt about the way how these negotiations will be conducted, even if we presume that they will take place? Or, rather, is it an intention to “freeze” a conflict, in the way how the conflict is frozen in Transnistria or at other places, in which Moscow has been “freezing” conflicts for decades?

If this is the case, Ukraine has to act in a different way. Continue reading