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Ukraine has no plans to become nuclear state — official

October 09, 2014, 18:03 UTC+3 KIEV
Deputy chief of Ukraine's presidential administration says the country has neither plans, nor intentions, nor real opportunities to become nuclear state
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KIEV, October 9. /TASS/. Ukraine has no plans to become a nuclear state, the deputy chief of the presidential administration, Valery Chaly, said on Thursday at the conference titled Challenges for the European Security Architecture: Ukrainian Context.

“Ukraine has neither plans, nor intentions, nor real opportunities for acquiring a nuclear status in the long run,” Ukrinform news agency quotes Chaly as saying.

On November 16, 1994 Ukraine joined the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed on July 1, 1968 and so undertook a commitment to eliminate all stocks of nuclear weapons left behind the Soviet Union and then use nuclear energy exclusively for peaceful purposes.

On September 14, Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletei announced that Ukraine might develop nuclear weapons if the West refuses to provide help. “If we cannot protect [Ukraine] today, if the world does not help us, we will have to return to creation of these weapons to protect ourselves from Russia.”

Officials of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the US ambassador in Ukraine refused to comment on possible after-effects of Ukraine’s turning into a nuclear power.

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