UKRAINE: NEUTRALITY & NUCLEAR THREAT

С.В. Лавров, 2022.03.16:

“В Декларации о государственном суверенитете УССР, принятой до Беловежских соглашений, черным по белому записано, что Украина будет внеблоковым, военно-нейтральным государством. Во всех последующих документах, характеризовавших становление украинской государственности, эта Декларация всегда перечислялась среди базовых документов. После антиконституционного переворота в феврале 2014 г. в Конституцию Украины стали вносить тезисы о «безостановочном» движении в НАТО (помимо Евросоюза). Это подрывало целостность состоявшегося до тех пор процесса и базовые документы, на которых зиждется украинское государство, т.к. Декларация о суверенитете и Акт провозглашения независимости Украины по-прежнему перечисляются среди документов, лежащих в основе государственности Украины.

“Это противоречие далеко не единственное. В Конституции Украины остается нетронутым положение о необходимости обеспечения прав русскоязычного и других национальных меньшинств. Несмотря на это, принимается ворох законов, прямо противоречащих этому конституционному положению. Они грубо дискриминируют именно русский язык, вопреки всем европейским нормам.”

LAVROV, 2022.03.16:

“In the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, adopted before the Belovezh Accords, it was stated in black and white that Ukraine would be a non-aligned and militarily neutral state. In all the subsequent documents characterising the formation of Ukrainian statehood, the declaration was always listed among fundamental documents. After the anti-constitutional coup in February 2014, the Ukrainian Constitution was amended to include statements on continuous movement towards NATO (in addition to the European Union). That undermined the integrity of the previous process and the fundamental documents that the Ukrainian state is based on – because the Declaration of Sovereignty and the Act of Ukraine’s Independence are still listed among the founding documents of the Ukrainian state.

“This is not the only inconsistency. The provision of the Ukrainian Constitution on ensuring the rights of the Russian and other ethnic minorities remains intact. However, a huge number of laws have been adopted that run counter to this constitutional provision and flagrantly discriminate against the Russian language, in particular, against all European norms.”

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“ДЕКЛАРАЦІЯ ПРО ДЕРЖАВНИЙ СУВЕРЕНІТЕТ УКРАЇНИ (Відомості Верховної Ради УРСР (ВВР), 1990, N 31, ст.429). … Українська РСР урочисто проголошує про свій намір стати в майбутньому постійно нейтральною державою, яка не бере участі у військових блоках і дотримується трьох неядерних принципів: не приймати, не виробляти і не набувати ядерної зброї.”

“DECLARATION OF STATE SOVEREIGNTY OF UKRAINE (Vidomosti Verkhovnoi Rady Ukrainy (VVR), 1990, No. 31, p. 429). … The Ukrainian SSR solemnly declares its intention of becoming a permanently neutral state that does not participate in military blocs and adheres to three nuclear free principles: to accept, to produce and to purchase no nuclear weapons.”

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Post-2014-Coup Constitution of Ukraine:

“Article 85 : The authority of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine include: … (5) determining the principles of internal and foreign policy, realization of the strategic course of the state on acquiring full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

“Article 102: … The President of Ukraine is a guarantor of the implementation of the strategic course of the state for gaining full-fledged membership of Ukraine in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.”

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ZELENSKIY, Munich, 2022.02.19:

“I am initiating consultations in the framework of the Budapest Memorandum. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was commissioned to convene them. If they do not happen again, or their results do not guarantee security for our country, Ukraine will have every right to believe that the Budapest Memorandum is not working and all the package decisions of 1994 are in doubt.”

PUTIN responded:

“This is not just bragging. Ukraine has the nuclear technologies created back in the Soviet times and delivery vehicles for such weapons, including aircraft, as well as the Soviet-designed Tochka-U precision tactical missiles with a range of over 100 kilometers. But they can do more; it is only a matter of time. They have had the groundwork for this since the Soviet era. In other words, acquiring tactical nuclear weapons will be much easier for Ukraine than for some other states I am not going to mention here, which are conducting such research, especially if Kiev receives foreign technological support. We cannot rule this out either. If Ukraine acquires weapons of mass destruction, the situation in the world and in Europe will drastically change, especially for us, for Russia. We cannot but react to this real danger, all the more so since, let me repeat, Ukraine’s Western patrons may help it acquire these weapons to create yet another threat to our country.”

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