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The Budapest Memorandum and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine


Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States extended security assurances
to Ukraine in December 1994 in an agreement that became known as the
Budapest Memorandum. This agreement was part of a package of arrangements
whereby Ukraine transferred the Soviet-made nuclear weapons on its territory to
Russia and acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
(NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state (NNWS). Russia’s violations of the Budapest
Memorandum, notably its annexation of Crimea, could have far-reaching implications
for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament because of the questions
that Russia’s behaviour has raised about the reliability of major-power security
assurances for NNWS parties to the NPT. Doubts about …read more

Source: Chatham House

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