Ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine calls Lavrov’s statement “absolutely absurd”
Steven Pifer reminded that Budapest Memorandum requires Moscow not to use or threaten any force against Ukraine
“This assertion by Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov is absolutely absurd. Budapest Memorandum requires Moscow not to use or threaten any force — not just nuclear weapons — against Ukraine. Lavrov is not stupid; he knows this,” Pifer noted.
As it was reported, Lavrov claimed that Russia did not violate its commitments on the Budapest Memorandum when it annexed Crimea. Moreover, he claimed that Ukraine began to exist within other state borders and Moscow is ready to respect them.
Russia respects the territorial integrity of Ukraine excluding annexed Crimea. Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Ministry of Russia claimed.