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 "It is necessary to introduce efficient security guarantees for 'non-nuclear' states," - Poroshenko at Nuclear Security Summit

Speaking at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the nuclear states to provide efficient guarantees for the countries that do not have a nuclear arsenal.

At the plenary session of the Summit chaired by President of the United States Barack Obama, Petro Poroshenko noted that international cooperation remained a key factor of success of all common efforts. Ukrainian president praised the progress achieved since the first nuclear security summit in 2010, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.

The president recalled Ukraine's unique decision to voluntarily give up the third biggest nuclear arsenal in the world in 1994.

Petro Poroshenko emphasized that the security guarantees were a significant challenge for Ukraine and other non-nuclear states. Unfortunately, the guarantees under the Budapest Memorandum have not only turned out to be inefficient, but also have been violated by the nuclear state - Russia. "We must decide how to improve the security guarantees of the permanent members of the UN Security Council for those countries who do not have a nuclear arsenal," the president stressed.

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The head of state emphasized that the Kremlin placed elements of its nuclear potential in the occupied Crimea violating the non-proliferation regime. In addition, Ukraine has gained a unique experience in ensuring efficient physical protection of nuclear materials and objects from possible subversive actions.

The president praised the results of a trilateral initiative of Sweden, Norway and Ukraine on the enhancement of nuclear security and safety of nuclear power plants. The head of state also recalled a successful launch of the first nuclear facility of global significance "Source of Neutrons" in Ukraine. Petro Poroshenko called those projects an example of efficient international cooperation in the sphere of nuclear security and WMD non-proliferation.

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Special attention was paid to the importance of coordinated efforts in the struggle against nuclear terrorism. According to the president, Ukraine supports respective international initiatives.

"Unity at this nuclear summit is a precondition of our success," the head of state concluded.
 
 
 
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