2 April, 18:32

Kiev dismisses Moscow's statement about 1994 Budapest Memorandum non-violation

Kiev dismisses Moscow's statement about 1994 Budapest Memorandum non-violation

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has dismissed Russia's statement that it did not violate the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances guaranteeing Ukraine's nuclear-free status.

"The Russian Foreign Ministry's comments that Russia has not violated the December 5, 1994 Budapest Memorandum in any way do not hold water in terms of international law and the existing realities," Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeniy Perebyinis said at a news conference in Kiev on Monday, according to Interfax.

Moscow said in an April 1 statement that it could not accept any accusations of violating the December 5, 1994 Budapest Memorandum. "The current Kiev 'government', which came to power in the wake of an unconstitutional coup, carried out policies, especially in relation to ethnic minorities, that in essence undermined Ukraine's unity and pushed a whole region out of the country", the ministry's statement reads.

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