Ukraine must not restore nuclear potential - Kravchuk

19:30, 26 February 2017
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Ukraine's first president Leonid Kravchuk believes that giving up on its nuclear weapons was the only possible way for Ukraine, according to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

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"The only way was to give up our nuclear weapons. And the only way for the mankind is to stop the production of nuclear arms, " Kravchuk said.

Asked, whether Ukraine needs to restore its nuclear potential, the country’s first president said: "First of all, it mustn’t, and secondly, it doesn’t need it."

Read alsoNSDC secretary: Russia's war against Ukraine step in preparation for "big war"He explained: "Let’s imagine that our nuclear weapons are in place, we have made it here, we have to restore it, we have everything to produce it and put it on missiles. The nuclear bomb was made in the Russian territory, in Arzamas. All warheads, 165 strategic ones, each carrying five charges, that is 700, were all targeting the U.S. and they expired in 1997. In 1997, it was necessary to remove the warheads and give them where? To Russia."

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