Ukraine’s Defense Ministry calls for Russia to relinquish nuclear weapons in post-war negotiations

Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Havryliuk
Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Havryliuk

In the best-case scenario for ending a full-scale war, Russia must lose its status as a nuclear state, Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Havryliuk, said in an interview with Tagesspiegel on Jan. 19.

There should be a complete liberation of Ukrainian territory from Russian forces within the internationally recognized borders of 1991, said Havryliuk.

At the same time, he says, all wars end at the negotiation table, where documents are signed.

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“Agreements will be signed — on one side by the coalition of states supporting Ukraine and on the other side by Russia,” said the deputy minister.

“This document should include a clause on Russia’s abandonment of nuclear weapons because this state is a threat to the world.”

Havryliuk stated that preventive mechanisms should be established to prevent Russia from preparing for an attack on Ukraine or any other neighboring country again.

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While Ukrainian intelligence reported increased nuclear weapons verification and preparation by Russia in October 2023, discussions on the actual threat of use were deemed premature.

The Financial Times reported that Moscow’s nuclear threats led the U.S., the U.K., and France to commit to responding with conventional weapons.

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