“We were deceived”: Kravchuk gave Zelensky farewell to the summit

«Нас обманули»: Кравчук дал Зеленскому напутствие на саммитVladimir Zelensky at the upcoming summit of the “Normandy Quartet” have to act on the basis of national interests. This opinion was expressed by the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk. He stressed that it was important to show “courage, determination and courage” at the talks. In addition, Kravchuk is convinced that Kyiv “cheated” with the Budapest Memorandum.

“The main thing — the courage, the will and courage to report these interests. Ukraine has taken steps, which she was supposed to,” said the first Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk in the air of TV channel “112 Ukraine”.

Kravchuk added that we need to look at what the leaders of France Emmanuel macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin. Zelensky also have to “defend Ukraine” at the summit.

“I must say there openly and sincerely the truth – we are deceived with the Budapest Memorandum. With Ukraine like a cat playing with a mouse, helping to Kiev only words”, — said the head of the first Ukrainian.

Norman summit with the participation of leaders of the four countries will take place at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 9 December. Palace will visit Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel macron. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine for the first time must meet face to face.

On 28 November, the Secretary of national security Council and defence of Ukraine (NSDC) Alex Danilov told what the questions were prepared by Kiev to the summit “channel four”.

Will raised the question of the return of Ukrainian prisoners of war. Danilov said that “we are not talking about tens and hundreds of people.” The second question, according to the head of the national security Council, the ceasefire on the frontline in the East of Ukraine.

“In Kiev have no desire to continue to kill the citizens of Ukraine”, — he stressed.

The third question, said Danilov, for the understanding of what is happening with the Russian-Ukrainian border. In addition, Danilov said that the NSDC has five scenarios of the “return of the occupied Ukrainian territories”, but to clarify their refused.

In late July, the Ukrainian leader expressed hope for a dialogue with Putin. According to him, he and the Russian President can find common ground that it seemed to him possible in the course of their telephone conversation.

In the period of the race Vladimir Zelensky said that he is going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin only after the “return” of Ukraine’s Crimea and Donbas. Such a conclusion can be drawn from the first words that Zelensky wanted to say to Putin at the meeting — he said that would begin meeting the requirements of the “monetary compensation” to “have held” the return of land.

“Well, finally you have returned our territories, how much more ready to compensate the money for what you took away our territory?” — said the politician.

After the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014, Ukraine has accused Russia of the annexation of the incoming earlier in her part of the Peninsula. However, the Crimea became part of Russia according to the results of a nationwide referendum held by UN standards. On the question of self-determination of Crimea voted over 85% of the region’s residents, more than 96% of voters supported accession to Russia.

It should be noted that earlier the first President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk advised the new President Vladimir Zelensky to change the policy in relation to the Crimea.

According to him, it is necessary to establish human relations with the Crimea, and also “to remove all of the blockade.”

That is the Budapest Memorandum guaranteed the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document was signed after the Soviet collapse. In 1991, Ukraine inherited the third largest nuclear Arsenal. More significant amounts of nuclear weapons were only available to the United States and Russia. In the former Ukrainian SSR were 220 strategic delivery vehicles: 176 Intercontinental ballistic missiles of various models, 44 heavy bombers with more than 1 thousand nuclear cruise missiles, long-range, and 1,240 warheads.

The missiles had a range of more than 10 thousand km and can destroy targets outside of Eurasia. Ukraine could theoretically threaten the United States. Washington and Moscow demanded from Kiev to renounce nuclear weapons — otherwise, Ukraine would expect international isolation. In addition, many nuclear warheads have expired a period of storage, and

Kiev has no money and effort in their maintenance.

Three years later, in 1994, Ukraine, Russia, USA and UK signed the Budapest Memorandum on Ukraine eliminated its nuclear Arsenal, and the nuclear powers had committed themselves to guarantee the security and territorial integrity of the country.


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