Moscow refuses to discuss Budapest Memorandum




Moscow has refused Kyiv’s request to participate in consultations on the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said at a briefing Tuesday, August 2.

“On the order of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has appealed to the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum to hold consultations in connection with the intervention by the regular Armed Forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine,” Perebyinis said.

According to Perebyinis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sent back an official note of refusal on August 30, stating that Russia “sees no basis for consultations within the framework of this memorandum.”

“Instead, Russia has demonstrated its unwillingness to provide an adequate explanation for its actions and to conduct a frank dialogue on the security assurances given to Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum,” he said. (The note states) that “Russia sees no reason for any consultations on the implementation of the memorandum — and this was despite irrefutable evidence of its involvement in the destabilization of the situation in Ukraine.”

Perebyinis pointed out that the same note also claims that Russia is supposedly fulfilling its obligations under the memorandum on security assurances for Ukraine. Apparently,  the new statement by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first time confirms Russia’s supposed commitment to Ukraine according to the Budapest Memorandum and denies Putin’s statement of March 4, where he explained that the Budapest Memorandum did not apply to the ‘new Ukrainian state,’ which, he said, emerged after the revolution.

“The problem is that the statement by the Russian side does not reflect its actions or intentions toward our country and the entire international community, ”  Perebyinis said.

“We consider Russia’s refusal of consultations on the Budapest Memorandum as yet another example of Russia’s denial of its obligations and yet another confirmation of a course of action deliberately chosen by its leadership to destroy the current system of international law. Ukraine will continue its efforts to obtain additional security guarantees and to consolidate the international community to counter Russian aggression,” he concluded.

source:,  edited and translated by Anna Mostovych


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  • Rich Gabruch

    Did we ask the other signatories to participate? I agree that Russia has breached. At this stage, it seems that the others have as well.

    • Brent

      The other signataries/guarantors DID NOT INVADE UKRAINE. Russia did. Let’s not let Russia off the hook for their illegal invasion, their refusal to abide by international law and the Geneva Convention, and their continual propaganda and lies and try to point the fingers at our own feckless leaders. They may be ignoring their own promises, but they did not invade Ukraine. I’m proud of Canada and Poland being the most vocal and being the only nations so far to be willing to supply any type of defensive weapons to Ukraine.

      The U.S. has over 2,000 Abrams tanks sitting in storage in the desert in Nevada that will become obsolete when they introduce an awaited replacement in 2017. Yet, they won’t even sell any of these OR any bulletproof vests OR even night vision goggles to Ukraine. All they were willing to send was 300,000 military rations to Ukraine, and even sent them slower overland so as not to upset Putin. Germany refused to provide Ukraine with 20,000 vests, yet sold much hi tech weaponry to Russia prior to the last round of sanctions.

      We need to hold our leaders to account for their dithering indecision and lack of assistance to Ukraine. Their empty words, demands that Ukraine negotiate with the nation that invaded it and keeps lying about its involvement and belief that their economies are worth more than human lives are going to cost all of us much more in the long run if Russia continues to invade country after country under the false premise of ‘protecting Russian speakers’. Ask Iryna Dovhan and Vladimir Rybak and Nadia Savchenko, all “Russian speakers’ how well Putin has protected them from his terrorists.

  • Milton Devonair

    The apes from russian will not talk as it’s embarrassing–whenever they talk, they lie, lie and lie. Even apes get tired of lying, pretending to tell the truth.

    • Jim

      Those apes won’t participate in self-condemnatory discussions.

      • Milton Devonair

        Yup, just like the obamabots, if they can’t yell and silence the other side of the discussion, they don’t discus. They just go elsewhere to spread their verbal neo-soviet diarrhea.

  • sandy miller

    Ukraine needs to bring Bill Clinton into this discussion since I believe that memorandum was signed by the US during his term. They also need to bring in UK since they signed it too. They also need to bring in Finland about the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 established that borders in Europe would never again change by force…Bring in France..The Paris Charter of 1990 established common principles of political freedom, human rights and the Rule of La of Law. Soviet Union which included Russian singed 1975 and Russia Russia signed the French one in 1990.

    • Murf

      Expecting Russia to up hold it obligations under international law?
      That’s just plain crazy talk Sandy.
      What ever your smoking I want some of it.
      I am being a wise ass.
      Those are all good points. Now we can spend the next 20 years beating them over the head with their craven behavior.

  • evanlarkspur

    Only an idiot does the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. There is no longer any point consulting with Russia on anything; nothing they say can ever be relied upon in any way.
    Rather, it’s time for us to start telling Russia things, then following up with actions, regardless of what they say (see point one). We will know they “get it” by their actions. As in, returning all their arms and soldiers to their own territory.

  • Jim

    The simple fact of the military takeover of Crimea is sufficient to warrant discussions.

    • Milton Devonair

      …or think long term and slowly train and arm people there to destroy the russian and chechens there, sending them back to their cesspool russia in garbage bags.

    • ApathyNihilism

      Far more than “discussion”. That was a complete violation of international law.