Zelenskyy: Russia is a terrorist state, it has no right to possess nuclear weapons

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On Tuesday 19 September, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, called for Russia's nuclear disarmament.

Source: European Pravda

Details: The President recalled that during the twentieth century, the world learned to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction, but this strategy "should not be the only strategy to protect the world from the final war".

Quote: "Ukraine gave up its third largest nuclear arsenal. The world then decided that Russia should become a keeper of such power," Zelenskyy said, referring to the Budapest Memorandum concluded in 1994.

"Yet history shows that it was Russia who deserved nuclear disarmament the most back in the 1990s. And Russia deserves it now. Terrorists have no right to hold nuclear weapons," he stressed.


  • Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has occasionally resorted to nuclear threats. Intelligence services and Western leaders generally consider this scenario unlikely, but there are other opinions – for example, the one voiced by Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.

  • In addition, this year Russia decided to "suspend" participation in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which established restrictions on the nuclear arsenals of the Russian Federation and the United States.

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