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20:25 04.10.2016

Ukraine’s nuclear status is the only counterbalance to Putin’s nuclear terrorism

On 30 September 2016, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending an agreement with the US on the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium (to be precise, on the disposal of weapon grade plutonium from defence programs of the two states). The agreement between Russia and the US signed in August 2000 did not become a landmark in an endless history of "nuclear disarmament". It merely stated that the two parties were to recycle 34 tons of nuclear-explosive materials in each country. Nevertheless, the implementation of this Agreement was constantly postponed and was to start no later than 2018.
However, the Kremlin's refusal to implement this symbolic and invalid agreement indicates something more significant. In the decree signed on Monday, the Kremlin dictator said that Russia needed “surplus” weapons-grade plutonium, because it “had to take urgent measures to defend the security of the Russian Federation”. Therefore, basically, Putin openly stated that Russia was going to increase its military nuclear capacity. And, obviously, this increase is not limited to 34 tons of weapons-grade plutonium. In fact, this statement marks the end of an era of "nuclear disarmament", which began with the statements of Gorbachev and Reagan during the summits in Geneva and Reykjavik in 1985 and 1986, followed by the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 1987.
It is obvious that the "nuclear disarmament" was a rather relative concept. Both the countries of the official "Nuclear Club" USA USSR Russia United Kingdom, France and China and other nuclear Powers (Israel, India Pakistan, DPRK) developed the existing nuclear capability or created it from scratch. But the general rhetoric of world leaders remained unchanged - the use of nuclear weapons should never become a reality.
Nevertheless, the statement by Vladimir Putin marks the beginning of a new nuclear arms race. It does not mean that Russia s rotten economy and destroyed science sector are able to bring Moscow to a leading position in this race. The real threat to global security, however, lies elsewhere. In fact, Putin's statement is open blackmailing of the international community. Blackmailing similar to the one carried out by the North Korean regime and its leaders, the insane Kim dynasty. And this blackmailing is primarily directed against Ukraine Accordingly, Ukraine together with its potential allies, should take urgent measures to resist the new dangers, namely the establishment of a powerful missile defence system. Moreover, it is time to revive our military nuclear capability: to start the process of weapon grade uranium enrichment and production of sophisticated and high precision nuclear weapons delivery systems. The Budapest Memorandum has proved ineffective and inflicted significant damage to the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine It is high time we overcame its disastrous consequences.

Oleksandr Maslak