: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Foreign Ministry calls on signatories of Budapest Memorandum to immediately restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity


The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has called on the signatory countries of the Budapest Memorandum to take immediate measures to restore the territorial integrity, sovereignty and peace in Ukraine, which have been violated by one of the signatories of the document – Russia.
On the 20th anniversary of the signing of this memorandum the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also urged the signatories to hold a practical discussion of legally binding security assurances to countries that gave up or plan to give up nuclear weapons, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported on Friday.
“On the day of the 20th anniversary of the Budapest Memorandum we call on the guarantors of Ukraine’s security to take urgent steps for the restoration of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and peace in Ukraine, as well as to begin a practical discussion of legally binding security assurances to countries that made or are planning to make a historic decision to give up nuclear weapons,” reads the report.
The ministry described the violation by Russia of its security guarantees as “an act of open aggression against Ukraine” and “a threat to the entire international system of nuclear security.”
Such actions by Russia, according to the ministry, undermine the regime of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction as a whole and create a dangerous precedent of the gross breach of security guarantees in return for giving up nuclear weapons.

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