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Kiev Lawmaker: Ukraine May Have To Go Nuclear

From USA Today:

Ukraine may have to go nuclear, says Kiev lawmaker

By Oren Dorell | March 10, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with nuclear weapons if the United States and other world powers refuse to enforce a security pact that obligates them to reverse the Moscow-backed takeover of Crimea, a member of the Ukraine parliament told USA TODAY.

The United States, Great Britain and Russia agreed in a pact "to assure Ukraine’s territorial integrity" in return for Ukraine giving up a nuclear arsenal it inherited from the Soviet Union after declaring independence in 1991, said Pavlo Rizanenko, a member of the Ukrainian parliament.

The UK, China and France were also signatories.

"We gave up nuclear weapons because of this agreement," said Rizanenko, a member of the Udar Party headed by Vitali Klitschko, a candidate for president. "Now there’s a strong sentiment in Ukraine that we made a big mistake." …

Rizanenko and others in Ukraine say the pact it made with the United States under President Bill Clinton was supposed to prevent such Russian invasions.

The pact was made after the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 and became Russia, leaving the newly independent nation of Ukraine as the world’s third largest nuclear weapons power.

Though we have mentioned the  Budapest Memorandums numerous times before, this is the only detailed report we have seen in the news media about it and the other agreements under which Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal based on guarantees of its sovereignty from Russia and the US — as well as the UK, China and France.

The communist dictatorship that was the Soviet Union had based nuclear missiles in republics it held captive along its border with Europe, and Ukraine had thousands.

The Ukraine had 176 Intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were state of the art ’130 SS-18s and 46 SS-24s.’ And these ICBMs carried over 1,800 nuclear warheads in total.

World powers urged Ukraine to give up the arsenal but its leaders balked, expressing fear they needed the weapons to deter Russia from trying to reverse Ukraine’s independence.

And they were right.

To reassure the Ukrainians, the United States and leaders of the United Kingdom and Russia signed in 1994 the "Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances" in which the signatories promised that none of them would threaten or use force to alter the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.

They specifically pledged not to militarily occupy Ukraine. Although the pact was made binding according to international law, it said nothing that requires a nation to act against another that invades Ukraine.

The memorandum requires only that the signatories would "consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments." Ukraine gave up thousands of nuclear warheads in return for the promise…

Suckers!

The U.S. and U.K. have said that the agreement remains binding and that they expect it to be treated "with utmost seriousness, and expect Russia to, as well." …

As we have also previously noted, the  Obama administration re-affirmed the Budapest Memorandums in 2009. Which is another detail that is never reported by our news media.

"Everyone had this sentiment that for good or bad the United States would be the world police" and make sure that international order is maintained, Rizanenko said of the Budapest pact.

"Now that function is being abandoned by President Obama and because of that Russia invaded Crimea," he said.

What a surprise, huh?

"In the future, no matter how the situation is resolved in Crimea, we need a much stronger Ukraine," he said. "If you have nuclear weapons people don’t invade you." …

At the very least, what kind of a message does this send to Iran and North Korea and other countries that are seeking the bomb?

The White House and U.S. State Department did not respond to e-mails requesting comment.

Rizanenko spoke a day after returning from a visit to the Crimea, where armed Crimeans under orders from Russian commanders blocked him from visiting a Ukrainian border post, he said.

Russian military units have ringed Crimea’s borders to block the Ukrainian military from exerting control on the territory, and Ukraine’s army cannot defeat Russia’s, he said.

The Ukrainians also gutted their army at the same time as the Budapest Memorandum. And, as we have also noted, Senator Obama further helped them destroy their conventional defenses.

Obama had warned Putin of "costs" should he persist in Crimea but the main action against Moscow so far has been a ban on travel to the United States of unnamed persons. Europe and the United States said they are considering economic sanctions against Russia but none have been imposed.

Meanwhile, "all the time Russia is moving more and more troops into Crimea," Rizanenko said. "Only force will influence (Putin’s) decision."

Too bad they don’t have any.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Kiev Lawmaker: Ukraine May Have To Go Nuclear”

  1. Ha Ha .. jokes on you.

    /lofo voters

  2. canary

    I hope those that didn’t vote in last elections will see how easy it is to take over a country.

    In Venezuela women protestors who banged pots on Women’s Rights Day had the military come down on them. Not sure what the youth in Venezuela wants in growing protests against Chavez’s
    hand picked new leader. It might be Democracy.

    Such turbulent times to cut our defense budgets and restrict arms from American citizens. Even if
    some Republican were to reverse any actions it would take a long time to get everything back.




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