Russia rejects consultations on Budapest memorandum – Klimkin

Russia is rejecting consultations between the signatories of the Budapest memorandum, which foresees guarantees for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said this at a joint press conference with his Norwegian counterpart Borge Brende, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.
“We asked the signatories of the Budapest memorandum about urgent consultations. Of course, Russia does not want it,” Klimkin said.
He said that Ukraine was using all bilateral platforms to stop Russian aggression against Ukraine and holding respective negotiations in international organizations.
“The international community should properly respond to this [Russian aggression against Ukraine]. We are consistently working to make sure this reaction is not only visible, but also effective,” he said.
As reported, in 1994, Ukraine signed the Budapest Memorandum, under which Russia, the United States and Britain agreed to guarantee Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in exchange for the country giving up its nuclear weapons. At that time, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal.
Leading international organizations and many countries recognized that Russia, by annexing Crimea, had violated the provisions of the Budapest memorandum.

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