MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. A petition proposing to deploy US nuclear weapons in Ukraine appeared on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s website Thursday.
"Deploy US nuclear weapons on Ukrainian territory or turn Ukraine into a state with its own nuclear weapons," the initiative’s author proposes.
So far, the initiative has been supported by about 100 people; in order to oblige Zelensky to review the petition and provide an official response, a total of 25,000 people must sign it within 90 days.
Petitions proposing to arm Ukraine with nuclear weapons have repeatedly appeared on the Ukrainian President’s website since 2015. None gained enough votes for a presidential review.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference in February 2022, Zelensky speculated that Kiev may reconsider its obligations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, which stipulates that Ukraine rejects nuclear weapons in exchange for guarantees of security. Later, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that emergence of even tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine would pose a strategic threat for Russia.