Contents tagged with nuclear weapons

  • Turchynov: Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament a historic mistake

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), called Ukraine’s nuclear disarmament a historic error. He made a statement to this effect in an interview with the news outlet Gordon.

    “We had tertiary nuclear potential. We gave it up in exchange for the guarantees of our security and territorial integrity that were offered to us by the leading nuclear powers: the USA, Britain and Russia. However, Russia, to whom we transferred our nuclear weaponry, is …

  • Lavrov: Russia will not sign a treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    Russia will not sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in its current form because it is "unrealistic”, as stated by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the television and radio company of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The text of the interview was published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

    "We will not sign it because we believe that the prohibition of nuclear weapons in such a direct manner is unrealistic. Five official nuclear …

  • Lavrov: USA prepares Europe to use nuclear weapons against Russia

    As stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the conference on Disarmament, the US military is preparing non-nuclear NATO countries to use tactical nuclear weapons against Russia.

    "Nuclear disarmament is hindered by the remaining presence of US non-strategic nuclear weapons in Europe and the accompanying destabilizing practice of "joint nuclear missions." Within the framework of these missions, NATO’s non-nuclear countries are in blatant violation of the non-proliferation treaty as …

  • Dzhemilev: Russia deployed six nuclear warheads in Crimea

    Russia has turned the annexed Crimea into a military base and placed nuclear weapons there, as  stated by the leader of the Crimean Tatar people Mustafa Dzhemilev on a broadcast on Channel 5, UNIAN reports.

    “The Crimea has really been turned into a (military) base. For us it is most painful that the environment has been disturbed. This military-strategic object “Tavrida,” they cut down all the green areas there, if they find some statues or memorials with cultural significance, they remove …

  • Turchynov: it is impossible for Ukraine to declare war on Russia

    Ukraine does not have sufficient means to conduct a military confrontation with Russia if the latter uses nuclear weapons, said the head of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, 112 Ukraine TV channel reported. Turchynov made this statement under examination in the case against former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was charged with high treason.

    "That is why we could not declare war in February-March 2014. Unfortunately, now that we have a combat-ready …

  • Ukrainian General: During the annexation of Crimea, Russia was ready to send Special Forces to Kyiv airports

    During the annexation of the Crimea, Russia planned to deploy commandoes in the airports of Kyiv, said Major-General of the Armed Forces Ihor Hordiychuk in an interview with ATR TV. "Tactical nuclear weapons of 152 mm caliber and above were ready. It was likely that as soon as we put up military resistance in the Crimea, neither NATO nor the US nor Europe would take our side. On the contrary, we would face accusations. We intercepted the conversations where they [the Russians] planned to land …

  • Russia calls on US to withdraw nuclear weapons from Europe

    Russia is calling on the US to withdraw its nuclear weapons from European countries, said Mikhail Ulyanov, director of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Control Department, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “Russia has withdrawn all of its nuclear weapons to national territory. We believe that the same should have been done by America a long time ago,” Ulyanov said.However, Washington “continues to keep as many as two hundred aviation bombs in Europe, according to estimates,” he added.

    The diplomat …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia expanded territory of nuclear weapons deployment after annexation of Crimea

    Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stated in New York that "the continuing occupation of the territory of Ukraine by a nuclear state has led to an actual expansion of the geographic area for the deployment of nuclear weapons", as  stated by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister on December 15 during a speech at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York regarding the North Korean nuclear program, the Press Service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

    Klimkin noted …

  • German Foreign Minister: the controversy between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to the world

    Normalization of relations between Russia and the United States is necessary to improve the world situation, stated the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, in an interview published in the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag on Sunday.

    "The completely undermined relationship between the US and Russia is the greatest threat to world peace. If North Korea is able to get nuclear weapons, then other countries will follow it. Only the US and Russia can jointly prevent …

  • Putin says he knew about the existence of nuclear bomb in North Korea for a long time

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Kim Jong-Il had already told him about the North Korean nuclear bomb in early 2000, and that the situation had not changed in the ten-year existence of the country under Western sanctions, TASS news agency reported.

    "In 2001, when I was on my way to pay a visit to Japan, I made a stop in North Korea, where I had a meeting with the father of the country’s current leader. It was back then when he told me that they had a nuclear bomb. Moreover, (the …