Speaking at the 64th session of the UN General Assembly president Viktor Yushchenko said that almost 15 years ago Ukraine voluntarily gave up the third largest nuclear potential and acceded to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear state.

“We welcome the steps taken by the United States and the Russian Federation to elaborate a new agreement to replace the Treaty between the USSR and the USA on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms of 31 July 1991, which expires this year.

According to Yushchenko, Ukraine persistently counts on the support by the Security Council permanent members of its proposal to enhance security assurances for non-nuclear states, in particular for those which had voluntarily renounced nuclear weapons or their development.

“That will become an important incentive for many countries,” he said

The president also stressed that Ukraine would continue to act responsibly and constructively in matters of military and security cooperation.

“We strictly abide by the Security Council resolutions and adhere to all established international regimes,” he said.

“Our position in this sphere is consistent with all our international obligations. It is verified balanced and unchangeable,” Yushchenko summed up.


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