RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION AGAINST UKRAINE AS A DESTABILIZING FACTOR FOR NON-PROLIFERATION REGIMES

The article presents a study of legal aspects of the Budapest Memorandum, the only document that Ukraine at the outset of its independence was able to win in exchange for the voluntary abandonment of the nuclear arsenal. While Russia violated its obligations by annexing Crimea and unleashing military aggression, Western “guarantors” fail to counter Russia. An analysis of the BM gives proves that it is a full-fledged legally binding international treaty. Failure of international guarantees of territorial integrity of Ukraine is a destabilizing factor resulting in NP regimes’ erosion because of formation of profound distrust of international guarantees, which in the face of aggression and disregard for international norms demonstrate their helplessness.

The article presents a study of legal aspects of the Budapest Memorandum, the only document that Ukraine at the outset of its independence was able to win in exchange for the voluntary abandonment of the nuclear arsenal. While Russia violated its obligations by annexing Crimea and unleashing military aggression, Western “guarantors” fail to counter Russia. An analysis of the BM gives proves that it is a full-fledged legally binding international treaty. Failure of international guarantees of territorial integrity of Ukraine is a destabilizing factor resulting in NP regimes’ erosion because of formation of profound distrust of international guarantees, which in the face of aggression and disregard for international norms demonstrate their helplessness.
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Ihor Lossovskyi

Ihor Lossovskyi, Ph.D., is currently a Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna (OSCE, IAEA, CTBTO, NSG, UNIDO, UNODC, and others). He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 1993 and, amongst other positions, was the Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto, Canada, Ambassador of Ukraine to Malaysia, and Ambassador at Large with the Ukrainian MFA. Dr. Lossovskyi has M.Sc. degree from T.Shevchenko Kyiv National University (1980) and MPA degree from Ukraine National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2006). In 1989, he obtained a Ph.D. from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is also a graduate of G. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany (1997, Course on European Security and Defense Economy) and of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (1997, National Security Program). Dr. Lossovskyi is the author of some 80 research articles and three books in the field of international relations, regional security, foreign policy of Ukraine and Russia, Asia-Pacific affairs, etc.


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