Lavrov: No Budapest memo violation, as Russia poses no nuke threat to Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims that Russia has not violated the Budapest Memorandum as it did not threaten Ukraine with nuclear weapons, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Moscow.
"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."