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 "Budapest Memorandum was just piece of paper nobody really wanted to observe," - Turchynov. PHOTOS

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov called the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, intended to guarantee the sovereignty and security of Ukraine, a mere piece of paper.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, he said it during today's presentation of cutting edge weapons and hardware at Kyiv Armored Plant, devoted to the fifth anniversary of Ukroboronprom (Ukrainian defense industry) state concern.

"Unfortunately, we must state that the same agreements, in particular the Budapest Memorandum, did not guarantee us integrity and protection of our borders after the country's disarmament and abandonment of the nuclear status. All these agreements, this entire memorandum was just a piece of paper nobody really wanted to observe," Turchynov remarked.

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"Moreover, Munich syndrome was once again witnessed in case with Europe as it tried to appease the aggressor instead of hard-stopping it," the NSDC secretary noted.

In such circumstances, Turchynov stressed, Ukraine has to rely solely on its own capabilities.

See more: Successfully tested Ukrainian guided missiles have obvious advantage over Russian ones as they hit targets more efficiently and accurately, - Turchynov. PHOTOS

As noted, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances refers to three identical political agreements signed in Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 5, 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Memorandum was originally signed by three nuclear powers, the Russian Federation, the U.S., and the UK. China and France gave somewhat weaker individual assurances in separate documents.
 
 
 
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