Disarmament was right move as nuclear weapons not guarantee Ukraine’s territorial integrity, - US Department of State

Ukraine has done the right thing by giving away its nuclear weapons stockpiles under the Budapest Memorandum.

This was stated by U.S. Department of State official Joshua Baker in an interview to Radio Svoboda, Censor.NET reports.

Asked on Ukraine's voluntary nuclear disarmament under the Budapest Memorandum, Mr. Baker said that it was the right move as the nuclear arsenal was not a guarantor of Ukraine's territorial integrity. According to him the United States does not recognize Crimea the part of the Russian Federation and will never recognize it. The U.S. had imposed economic sanctions against the Russian Federation as they were a very efficient tool, he said.

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Mr. Baker also recalled that the U.S. urged the Russian Federation to return Crimea to Ukraine as well as stop providing military and political support to militants in the Donbas: both Secretary of State Kerry said this during a visit to Moscow and President Obama said this to President Putin.

He stressed that the U.S. authorities did not want the illegal Crimea seizure and military actions of the Russian Federation in the Donbas to negatively affect the global and collective security, connected with nuclear materials, because they were different things. The U.S. Department of State official said it was the reason why the dialogue on the Russian actions in Ukraine was still underway while the Nuclear Security Summit was dedicated to the topic of strengthening the global architecture, not merely the problem of Ukraine. Mr. Baker explained that the summit was mainly dedicated to nuclear terrorism related issues.

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