Today is a date that all Ukrainian patriotic politicians must clearly remember. 24 years ago, on December 5, 1994, the Budapest Memorandum was signed.
Officially it is called the Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The leaders of the United States, Britain and Russia guaranteed Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in exchange for us giving up our nuclear weapons.
This document came into force immediately after signing and did not require separate ratifications. The UN General Assembly adopted the Memorandum as an official document. Later, France and China added their signatures to it.
And it is the Budapest memorandum that we must now rely on in the diplomatic front to curb the aggressor – Russia.
I am raising this question during all my meetings in Washington today. I emphasize the need for negotiations in the Budapest Plus format with the leaders of the signatory countries and with the involvement of the EU High Commissioner and leadership of Germany.
The offensive on the diplomatic front in the Budapest Plus format is part of our New Strategy for Peace and Security. Other components for victory are the strengthening of the Ukrainian army and increasing sanctions against Russia, as well as legal actions to recover compensation from the aggressor. And we are already developing a plan for the reintegration and reconstruction of the occupied territories – Crimea and Donbas – which will surely be returned.
In the video I suggest you watch today, I explain the diplomatic aspect of the New Peace and Security Strategy from my team.
We need real peace, not an illusion of peace!