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Ukraine should not have refused nuclear arsenal: former NATO Secretary General

The idea of nuclear disarmament has failed. There has been only selective reduction of nuclear weapons. As a result, in exchange for unilateral disarmament Ukraine received guarantees that are not executed.

Ukraine should not refuse nuclear arsenal: former NATO Secretary General

Such a statement was made by the former NATO Secretary General George Robertson (1999-2004).

He wrote about this in Herald Scotland, informs Joinfo.ua.

"I was convinced that with refusal of the nuclear weapon we will give start and we will begin positive chain reaction. I was wrong. As the Minister of Defence of this country (Robertson was the Minister of Defence of Britain in 1997-99-PN) I was responsible for the greatest reduction of a nuclear arsenal, but it did not bring to the same to actions in other places," Robertson wrote.

Former Secretary General of the Alliance noted that the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 as compensation "for Ukraine's refusal of a third largest nuclear arsenal" gave "oath promices of safety from Russia, the USA and Great Britain."

Robertson assumes that if Ukraine had nuclear arsenal, there would be different situation in Crimea and in the east.

"It is logical to ask a question, the Crimea would be taken and the East of Ukraine is occupied if Ukraine kept nuclear weapons?" asks George Robertson.