West must honor security guarantees to Ukraine — Sikorski

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2014/09/03 • News

The USA, UK and France had guaranteed the inviolability  of its territory to Ukraine and now need to meet their obligations, said the Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski in an interview with Gazeta Wyborcza, September 2, reports Ukrainska Pravda.

“Ukraine was guaranteed safety by several Western countries, and the most influential ones: USA, United Kingdom, and France under the Budapest Memorandum … If these guarantees are to be convincing for Iran or North Korea, then the signatories of the memorandum need to come to Ukraine’s defense and not send offensive weapons to the aggressor who has attacked Ukraine,” Sikorski said.

Additionally, Sikorski is dissatisfied with NATO’s reaction to Russia’s threat to the Eastern European countries.

“We note with amazement that several West European countries are very cautious about reinforcing what now appears to be (NATO’s) most vulnerable flank. They view us as their anti-tank mine that allows them to respond in a more restrained fashion,” he said.

“I hope that after the NATO summit we will be able to say that we have received reinforcements to NATO’s eastern flank and have begun to act according to the fundamental functions of the union — defending the territory of its members,” he added.

According to Sikorski, the NATO summit will consist of the “NATO-Ukraine council, not the NATO-Russia one.”

“This is a very powerful political signal that as long as Russia is at war with Ukraine, there will be no return to normal relations with NATO,” he said.

“Several weeks ago the President of the United States said he would not rule out supplying arms to Ukraine if Russia sends in its armies. Let us see if this time he responds to the fact that his red line has been crossed.”

Note: The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was signed on December 5, 1994 by the United States, United Kingdom and the Russian Federation. France  and China gave individual assurances in separate documents.

pravda, translated by Anna Mostovych

 

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  • Dirk Smith

    Yep.

  • evanlarkspur

    Can’t imagine why the polish ever got the idea we dont respect them. They are the poster-children for the power of democracy and the rule of law. From nothing to the 6th largest economy in the EU. Beautiful!

  • Rods

    !n 1940 after the fall of France and the UK was standing all alone defending the free world against Hitler. Churchill appealed to the USA with the message “Give us the tools and we will finish the job”. The US responded to this call and the British have an everlasting appreciation and depth of gratitude for this help through Lend-lease at a time of desperate need. This is the least that the signatories to the Budapest Agreement should be doing by sending military aid to Ukraine, so they have the equipment and means to turn the tide against Russian aggression. The fact they haven’t means that Obama, Cameron and Hollende should all be hanging their heads in shame.

    Certainly, don’t hold your breath and you won’t be disappointed on Obama supplying arms as his red lines and the crossing of them aren’t worth the ink they are drawn with, as we saw with Syria. This is why Obama is a global laughing stock of every non-aligned belligerent terrorist organisation and government and is treated with total contempt by Putin. Wars are breaking out all over the globe. While the White House Pussy’s Foreign Policy is away the world’s aggressive dictators and terrorists will play.

    A step in the right direction by France is that they have announced the suspension of the delivery of the first Mistral class ship to Russia.

    • Anya

      Couldn’t have said it better! So refreshing to find comments that get it right!

  • sandy miller

    thank you Poland for reminding these asses what they promised and 1994. It doesn’t seem to matter. Watched the presidents speech this AM…he promised nothing for Ukraine. They’re waiting for a full invasion of Ukraine…they just keep talking had they stepped in at the very beginning all these people wouldn’t have to have died. I’m so grateful that thePoles are willing to stand with Ukrainians.

  • Murf

    Waiting for Obama to grow a pair is a long wait for a train that don’t come.