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Kyiv Comments on a New Budapest Memorandum

Leonid Kravchuk

Ukraine can launch the process of signing a new Budapest Memorandum if peace talks in Donbas come to a standstill. This statement was made by the Head of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group Leonid Kravchuk.

According to him, Germany, one of the leading countries in Europe, Poland, and other countries should join the document.

The first President of Ukraine believes that the updated version of the Budapest Memorandum should be not only about “statements and wishes,” but also about a clear mechanism for implementing the principles declared in it.

“This issue is not removed from the agenda, and we will initiate it if all of a sudden it comes to a standstill. But I don’t believe that this standstill will continue,” Kravchuk summed up.

It should be noted that the Budapest Memorandum was signed on 5 December 1994. According to the document, Ukraine was promised guarantees of territorial integrity in exchange for the renunciation of nuclear weapons inherited from the USSR. The memorandum was signed by the leaders of Ukraine, the United States, Great Britain and Russia.

Bohdan Marusyak

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