Due to the fact that Russia deploys the elements of its nuclear capability in the annexed Crimea it is necessary to decide how the countries that do not have weapons of mass destruction, can protect themselves, Ukrinform quotes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as saying during his visit to Chernobyl.
“At the summit (on nuclear security in Washington - Ed.) I have also said, and I repeat it today, that the Kremlin is now deploying the elements of its nuclear potential in the Ukrainian Crimea occupied by Russia. We and our partners have to decide how to improve the security guarantees by the nuclear-weapon states for the countries that do not possess weapons of mass destruction,” Poroshenko said.
The Head of State also noted that the Chernobyl disaster has became the biggest challenge for Ukraine in the period between World War II and the war in Donbas.
“In the history of Ukraine the tragedy of Chernobyl is located about halfway between the Nazi occupation and the Russian aggression. It has become the biggest challenge for us in the period between World War II and war against Ukraine launched by Moscow,” he said.
According to Poroshenko, Ukraine has to spend almost a fifth of its budget on defense and security at a time when it is necessary to allocate resources to overcome the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and to provide the social support to liquidators and victims.
Russia’s deployment of nuclear weapons in the occupied Crimea would mean a violation of its obligations as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), according to the statement made by Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadim Pristayko at the international forum “The Chernobyl Lessons for the World's Nuclear Safety.”