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10 December 2019, 15:15

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News

05 August 2019, 16:08

Foreign Affairs Committee’s statement on breach of INF Treaty

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

A statement of the Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the termination of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty)

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine condemns the actions of the Russian Federation that have led to the termination of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, signed on December 8, 1987 (INF Treaty).

The Committee does understand the decision the United States has arrived at in response to the breach of the Treaty by the Russian Federation.

As one of the successors to the former USSR, Ukraine has always faithfully adhered to its all international commitments in the field of nuclear disarmament, reduction and elimination of weapons of mass destruction and the weapon-delivery vehicles.

In particular, Ukraine has fully ensured the implementation of provisions of the INF Treaty, including on the temporary inspection activities of the United States in the territory of Ukraine after the collapse of the USSR.

Furthermore, in the early 1990s, a peaceful and pro-European Ukraine, aiming to meet the world community half-way, did abandon the world's third-largest nuclear arsenal and acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT Treaty) as a Non-Nuclear-Weapon State in exchange for security safeguards of leading nuclear Powers – the Russian Federation, the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances). By so doing, Ukraine has made an unprecedented historic contribution to reducing the threat of nuclear war in the world as well as to global nuclear disarmament.

However, one of the guarantor States - the Russian Federation, has brutally violated the fundamental principles of international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the obligations under the Budapest Memorandum, and launched an armed aggression against Ukraine, illegally annexed an integral part of Ukraine – the Crimean Peninsula, and occupied certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts (regions).

It should be noted that the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has inflicted a pounding blow to the global non-proliferation regime, discrediting international guarantees largely as a way of preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the weapon-delivery vehicles.

Upon the Russian Federation we now place direct and primary responsibility for the next step in undermining international efforts in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation – the breach of its INF Treaty obligations through designing and manufacturing a 9M729 intermediate-range nuclear missile for Iskander-M missile system and refusing to reliably resume meeting conditions under the Treaty.

We strongly condemn the actions of the Russian Federation that have led to the complete termination of the INF Treaty and, as a consequence, to the threat of a new rush of armaments.

We do regard the Russian Federation's failure to comply with the requirements of the INF Treaty as another manifestation of its revisionist policy pointed at destroying the international legal order and achieving its neo-imperial foreign policy goals by obtaining, in particular, some illegal military advantages, escalating tensions and threats, and resorting to nuclear blackmailing the international community.

Under these new security conditions, Ukraine must seriously ponder over its future potential to contain the threats that have emerged since the Russian Federation's destruction of the INF Treaty.

We also call on the United States and the United Kingdom to actively support Ukraine within the frame of the security assurances made under the Budapest Memorandum.

Among such practical mechanisms there could be, inter alia, an immediate conclusion of bilateral defence agreements between Ukraine and the United States, Ukraine and the United Kingdom, as well as awarding Ukraine the status of a major non-NATO ally of the United States of America until Ukraine becomes a fully-fledged member of NATO - as it was proposed in the formal appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the United States Congress regarding security guarantees of March 22, 2017.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine emphasizes the need for joint efforts and actions aimed to prevent nuclear threats, preserve peace, international law and order - inasmuch as this is the duty of all civilized and responsible nations, and their leaders as well.