Not the best idea. The US has warned Kiev against attempts to revive a nuclear weapons

© Photo : Ministry of defence ukrainianpreteen the USA in Ukraine Kurt Volker in the Donbas. Archive photoNot the best idea. The US has warned Kiev against attempts to revive a nuclear weapons© Photo : Ministry of defense of Ukraine

The special representative of the United States Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Kiev should not start its own nuclear program. The diplomat said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channel «Direct».

The right decision

Walker said that the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to abandon nuclear weapons was correct. He also expressed hope that Ukraine will not attempt at the revival of the nuclear program.

«First, it (the renunciation of nuclear weapons — ed.) wasn’t a mistake. Second, if Ukraine joined the countries that have renounced nuclear weapons, this would not be a good solution. I don’t think nuclear weapons would be something positive for Ukraine. I would not like to see Ukraine again reduced this process», — said the diplomat.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine inherited a substantial nuclear Arsenal. However, in 1994, Ukraine, Russia, USA and Britain signed the Budapest Memorandum, which served as an international agreement on security assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. In accordance with the Treaty, the nuclear Arsenal on the territory of Ukraine has been eliminated, and the nuclear powers undertook to guarantee the safety of Kiev.

Crimean issue

Walker also spoke about different problems in Ukraine in the security sphere. One of such problems, the American diplomat took the situation with the Crimea. In his opinion, no one has previously thought that there might be a problem.

«In 1994, no one thought that Russia could do that,» he said.

The American diplomat also said that the U.S. will never recognize the Crimea to the Russian Federation.

«We will never recognize the annexation of Crimea, the EU does not recognize the annexation of Crimea. There is no way it can be done. In Crimea and Donbass, we have very similar positions with the EU», — said Walker.

The US special envoy to Ukraine has promised that will understand this «dramatic story» and will continue to work on «development of Ukraine as a successful state».

Crimea became a Russian region on the basis of a referendum held after a coup in Ukraine. For reunification with Russia voted more than 95% of the inhabitants of the Peninsula.

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