Non-fulfillment of Budapest Memorandum showed the absurdity of disarmament, Turchinov says

Aleksandr Turchinov

 

2015/12/06 • Analysis & Opinion, Military analysis, Politics

The actions of three signatories of the Budapest Memorandum, Russia by invading Ukraine and the US and UK by failing to come to its defense, means that Ukraine has no choice but to develop a modern army with contemporary weapons if it is to survive, according to Aleksandr Turchinov.

In a hybrid war operation, Russian "little green men", heavily armed soldiers without insignia, annexed Crimea from Ukraine

In a hybrid war operation, Russian “little green men”, heavily armed soldiers without insignia, annexed Crimea from Ukraine. February 2014.

The secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council makes that argument on the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Budapest Memorandum by which Ukraine gave up the nuclear weapons on its territory in exchange for a commitment by Russia, the US and the UK to guarantee its territorial integrity.

The failure of the three countries to meet their commitments, Turchinov says, has changed the paradigm of international relations and thrown the world back in a medieval one in which force not law is the governing principle. This creates “a potential threat” not only for Ukraine but “for the entire world.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a speech celebrating the annexation of Crimea by Russia during his visit to the port of Sevastopol on May 9, 2014. (Image: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a speech celebrating the annexation of Crimea by Russia during his visit to the port of Sevastopol on May 9, 2014. (Image: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images)

When Ukraine signed the Bucharest Memorandum along with the three other countries, “the political leadership of Ukraine at that time believed in the effectiveness of international guarantees but after 20 years it turns out that the guarantees were empty and did not have any foundation, even though they were signed by senior officials” from the four.

Ukraine had taken from it “not only nuclear weapons but all launch vehicles which could carry not only nuclear shells… [It] lost its strategic bombers and cruise missiles which, by the way, Russia is now using in the Syrian war.” Moreover, Turchinov says, “Kremlin puppets” in Kyiv used this in their campaign “to destroy the Ukrainian army.”

A funeral for unidentified soldiers killed in action liberating the Donbas region of Ukraine from the hybrid army of the Russian Federation. The funeral was held in the town of Kushugum, Zaphorizhze oblast, on October 1, 2014.

A funeral for unidentified soldiers killed in action liberating the Donbas region of Ukraine from the hybrid army of the Russian Federation. The funeral was held in the town of Kushugum, Zaphorizhze oblast, on October 1, 2014.

When Russia violated its undertakings in the Budapest Memorandum by invading Ukraine and illegally annexing Crimea, the security official says, he “turned to our strategic partners for help in the context of their obligations according to the Memorandum.” But that did not lead to anything.

“We were politely told,” Turchinov continues, “that the Budapest Memorandum is a formal document but it does not put forward real mechanisms for ensuring the guarantees it offers. That is… they really disarmed Ukraine, but the guarantees turned out to be ‘nominal.’”

Devastation at Donetsk airport caused by the Russian aggression in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)

Devastation at Donetsk airport caused by the Russian aggression in Donbas, Ukraine (Image: LB.ua)

The US and UK “sympathized” with Ukraine and “supported it politically and economically,” he says, “but it became clear that no one will defend Ukraine and that Ukraine must count only on its own forces.” The two Western governments were not even willing to provide Kyiv with lethal arms at the time of the initial Russian attack.

“The non-fulfillment of the Budapest Memorandum showed the absurdity of disarmament,” he says. “Arms have again become the chief argument in international relations,” and that means that everyone who wants peace for their own country must prepare for war to defend it.

Ukraine has drawn that conclusion, he says, after paying “an extraordinarily high price.” Indeed, “we have recognized that the guarantee of our independence and freedom is precisely a powerful army and contemporary weapons. To restore our military and economic potential is the only path for restoring the territorial integrity and democratic development of Ukraine.”

And Ukrainians have also recognized, he continues, that in this sector, “we will be the only ones who can help us.”

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  • Dirk Smith

    The mongol-muscovites have violated each and every ‘agreement’ they have signed. State terrorists.

  • Being

    “We will be the only ones who can help us.” Very Well said Mr. Aleksandr Turchinov.

    For other countries who would like to ever signed any document, keep in mind: These documents even with such importance as the Budapest Memorandum for Ukraine is Just a formal documen… piece of paper not worth the paper..
    And you will pay “an extraordinarily high price.” Indeed, if you will ever want the signators to fullfill the signed document.

    We are all back in a medieval age if we ever were any futher by our top inteligent mafia, terroristic leaders.

  • Tony

    Sad but true, this situation may force Ukraine to develop dirty nuclear bombs and If the west wants to object then they should think REALLY long and REALLY hard about the failure of the Budapest memorandum, the absurdity of not even selling the lethal weapons that Ukraine needed for its defence and the situation this put Ukraine into.

  • Vlad Pufagtinenko

    Banderites have always been the sheepdogs protecting Ukrainians from the wolves. Nice to see the sheep are finally reaching for the dog suits

    • Quartermaster

      As Putin defines Banderites, there are none. Putin is the fascist.

  • Michel Cloarec

    Absolutly right Mr Turchinov. Do not rely on any agreement , do what you have to do and be free from the evil. See the so called Minsk agreements , did they ever respected them ? Russia can´t respect agreements , russia is KGB ruled . When does a spy respect anything ? A SPY IS A TRAITOR TO HIMSELF !

  • albertphd

    They say that ‘all is fair in love and war’ but a more critical analysis is that ‘faint heart never won fair lady’ and (as for war) that ‘for evil men to succeed, good men need do nothing’! And there you are: as for the Budapest Memorandum, we see that if Good Nations do NOTHING (not-a-thing!), then the ‘evil empire’ ( as Ronald Reagan once called the USSR) will continue to do whatever they please, thumbing their nose to law, order, and civilization.
    Turchinev now recognizes (as Neville Chamberlain before him), I’m sure, that a piece of paper (albeit legal legislation) means practically nothing if there is no will to enforce it! The only language bully-nations (such as the RF, Russian Federation) seem to understand is force, and in that sense, Turchinov is correct: Might makes right!
    But as Ukraine is the underdog (the David fighting Goliath) in this case, it makes sense to work around the clock preparing the most advanced armaments to defend it’s newly found freedom and sense of identity (as a United Ukraine against the backdrop of pro-Russian & Russian terrorists invading it’s borders).
    Consider the example of Israel, a country of only 4 million people, but armed to the teeth with nuclear missiles and nuclear submarines along with the most advanced weapons of destruction. (Just this year 2015, the USA has promised Israel an additional 100 nuclear-tipped fighter jet planes). Just as the bear in the wild will not tangle with the much smaller wolverine (which has a fierce temper!), so the Russian ‘Bear’ will never dream to ever attack Israel (despite it’s tiny size!
    So, here is Ukraine more than 10 times the population mass of Israel, and being made to look as helpless as a child in front of a much-bigger bully. Russia dictates its terms and conditions of appeasement to both Ukraine and the EU (European Union) as if Ukraine had invaded Russia?! How absurd that the perpetrator of these crimes against humanity should be so readily placated?!
    Again, as Tuchinov implies: The good people of the West are doing (relatively) nothing! or as Poroshenko pleaded in person before the US Congress earlier this year: “Thank you for the blankets, but blankets do not win a war!” to which many of the US Senators jumped to their feet and wildly applauded in harmony –but to no avail?!
    Ukraine, alas, is left to fend for itself (and on behalf of all Western civilization) on it’s own!
    As with David of Old, let us pray that might does not make right, but that the hearts of good men and good women everywhere will be softened, that they will stand tall and stand together to ward off the Russian barbarians at the gate!
    For now is the time of action! The time to close the border between Russia and Ukraine, bring in the UN peace-keeping troops there that there may be “Peace on earth and good will to men”! That evil may fail and the righteous prevail!
    God bless the peoples of Ukraine! God bless a United Ukraine! and may the Good Lord keep Ukraine for ever free! Glory to Ukraine!