Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine: Lavrov's statement on Budapest Accord absurd
Steven Pifer, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who is now an expert at the U.S-based Brookings Institution, has called absolutely absurd a statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who claimed Russia had not violated the Budapest Memorandum since it did not use nuclear weapons against Ukraine.
"This assertion by Russia FM Lavrov is absolutely absurd. [The] Budapest Memorandum requires Moscow not to use or threaten any force – not just nuclear weapons – against Ukraine. Lavrov is not stupid; he knows this," Pifer wrote on Twitter on January 15.
Read alsoFM Lavrov: Russia "respects" Ukraine's post-Crimea territory"Russia['s] use of military force against Ukraine to illegally seize Crimea and provoke conflict in Donbas poses [a] big problem for Russia-West relations," he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Lavrov said on January 15 it was Ukraine that had violated the Budapest Memorandum by allowing the Maidan [a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine], rather than Russia, which "had never used" nuclear weapons against the Ukrainian state.