KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine has unique intellectual, organizational and financial capabilities to create its own nuclear weapons, General Major Pyotr Garaschuk, a former representative of Ukraine’s NATO mission, said to Obozrevatel channel.
“I say once again, we have all the potential to develop and launch [our] own nuclear weapons,” Garaschuk told the channel.
The general added that Kiev has the ability to create not only atomic bombs but also nuclear warheads for missiles.
Garaschuk says that, under current conditions, Ukraine should not be afraid of any international sanctions against the creation of nuclear weapons.
The Budapest Memorandum, signed on December 5, 1994 by leaders of Ukraine, Russia, USA and Britain, became a document that deprived Kiev of producing nuclear weapons. Subsequently, Ukraine adhered to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
According to Igor Panin, Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Ukraine’s thesis that Moscow violated the Budapest Memorandum is unsustainable, since the document is not an international treaty and imposes no additional obligations on countries in addition to the obligations existing at the time of signature.
Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian Defense and Security Council, Aleksandr Turchinov, spoke on successful tests of new cruise missiles that are expected to strengthen their coastal defenses in the Black and Azov seas.
According to Turchinov, on Wednesday in the Odessa region, new Ukrainian cruise missiles capable of reaching targets at a distance of 280 kilometers were tested. In addition, a coastal defense system was developed with the help of the modernized S-125 missile system.
According to Aleksandr Turchinov, the main objective of the cruise missiles was the verification of the range and the aim of the surface targets. In addition, the results of these exercises showed the effectiveness of the modernized S-125.
“Eight launches were carried out, during which eight surface targets were destroyed. This is a good result, proving that these modernized systems are capable of providing a solid protection against aggression from the air and the sea and significantly coastal defense of the shores of the Black Sea and the sea of Azov,” said Turchinov as quoted by the press office of the entity.