Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claims that Russia has not violated the Budapest Memorandum as it did not threaten Ukraine with nuclear weapons, news agency UNIAN reports.
“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.
The top official also said that Russia is in talks with no one on Crimea’s returning back to Ukraine as Crimea is a Russian territory.
“There is nothing to return, we are in talks with no one on Crimea’s return. Crimea is Russian territory in full conformity with the expression of will of Crimea’s peoples,” he said at a news conference dedicated to the results of 2015. “[It was the expression of will of] all of them, including those who had had no rights under the Ukrainian authorities and who had been granted their rights, including the state language, when Crime reunified with Russia after a referendum, the results of which are well-known.”