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Ukraine asks Budapest memorandum members to guarantee security, territorial integrity

Ukraine's parliament has called on members of the Budapest memorandum to guarantee security and territorial integrity of the country
Ukrainian lawmakers EPA/YURI MAXIMOV
Ukrainian lawmakers

KIEV, February 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Over current dramatic events in the Crimea Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, addressed Friday to member-countries of the Budapest memorandum with an appeal to guarantee security of the country over Ukraine’s membership in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

In exchange for nuclear disarmament “Ukraine received guarantees of country’s security in the 1994 Budapest memorandum on security assurances over Ukraine’s accession to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” the parliamentary statement reads.

Russia, Great Britain and the United States confirmed their commitments to Ukraine in the Budapest memorandum to respect independence, sovereignty and current borders of the country. “Guarantor states also confirmed their commitments to refrain from a threat or use of force against territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, none of their weapons will be used against Ukraine,” the address runs.

In this regard, “the Verkhovna Rada demands Russia should stop steps that have signs of encroachments on state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

“Meanwhile, the Verkhovna Rada noted that all civil rights of Ukrainian citizens of Russian nationality guaranteed under the Ukrainian Constitution and country’s international commitments, including language ones, will be observed fully and strictly in Ukraine,” the parliamentary address said.