"I would like to mention the air raids on Yugoslavia. They trampled on everything"
This was stated by the deputy head of the Russian delegation, Andrey Belousov, commenting on the Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which was signed in 1994. That agreement was signed by the United States of America, Russia, the United Kingdom and Ukraine in Budapest.
"Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, which is essentially a political declaration, like other similar documents, is based on the basic norms of international law and the principles of the United Nations and the OSCE," he said.
This diplomat points out that Russia's opponents have already violated those provisions on several occasions and thus, indirectly, called into question.
As the diplomat stated, Russia's opponents have already violated these principles several times and thus, although not directly, questioned the effectiveness of the Budapest Memorandum.
"Among the events that made it possible to come to this conclusion, I will mention the bombing of Yugoslavia, the de facto secession of Kosovo, which was influenced by the direct pressure of the USA and its allies, the involvement of Western countries in the internal affairs of Ukraine in 2004, which led to the coup d'tat in that country under the guise of democratic processes," said Belousov.
He pointed out that in this way, the legal foundation was undermined even before 2014. This is the reason why accusations that Russia is violating it are simply untenable, he emphasized.
Belousov pointed out that the countries that spread unfounded and false accusations against Russia and try to discredit and isolate it, should analyze "destructive actions", including the violation of international law. Belousov says...