“If you mean the Budapest Memorandum, we have not violated it – the Budapest Memorandum mentions the only one commitment – not to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. No one has threatened Ukraine with the use of nuclear weapons,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow, answering a question from the UNIAN correspondent who asked how Russia’s neighboring countries could ensure their security if the Russian Federation can give up its commitments at any time.
At the same time, Lavrov said that they had heard a “reverse threat” from former Prime Minister, leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko, who allegedly said that “pro-Russian residents in Donbas should be punished by a nuclear bomb.”
It should be recalled that earlier today Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov insulted the Canadians and Ukrainians when during his year-end press conference for 2015, he said that the Canadian government in relations with Russia follows the interests of the Ukrainian Diaspora, but not its own.
“We were surprised by the complete absence of any pragmatism in those impulsive actions that the previous government made. It took a course on absolutely blind adherence to the requirement of rabid representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, as we understood,” – said Lavrov.
Yesterday, in turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that the transfer of Donbas to Ukraine was nonsense and Vladimir Lenin created the Soviet Union on the wrong basis.