25 March 2014, 18:11

Ukraine MPs' proposal to withdraw from NPT unpractical, senseless — expert

Ukraine MPs' proposal to withdraw from NPT unpractical, senseless — expert

An initiative from a group of Ukrainian deputies to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has no practical sense, because Ukraine is unable to develop its nuclear industry from technological and financial points of view, director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences, believes.

"It has no relevant infrastructure, including that for the production of nuclear weapons," Academician Sergei Rogov said on Tuesday. "Ukraine will need five years as a minimum together with heavy financial expenses to create uranium enrichment capacities. The parliamentarians’ initiative is absolutely irresponsible."

Moreover, such a step of Ukraine would curtail support from its Western sponsors, he said.

Colonel General Vladimir Verkhovtsev, former head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s department responsible for the use and maintenance of nuclear warheads, said in turn, "all nuclear weapons have always been produced and scrapped on the territory of Russia."

"Ukrainian specialists were allowed to this process only once, in 1995-1996, when nuclear warheads taken from Ukrainian territory were scrapped," he said.

"By the way, today even fuel for Ukraine’s nuclear power plants is produced in Russia," Verkhovtsev added.

If Ukrainians want to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, this is their right, but they should realize what consequences will follow, says the colonel general.

Earlier, Batkivshchyna and UDAR deputies of the ruling Ukrainian coalition put forward a legislative initiative of the Ukrainian secession from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement in which it expressed concern that "the dysfunctional new Kiev authorities may pose a threat to the security of Ukrainian nuclear sites under the current Ukrainian circumstances".

"We do not trust attempts of the Ukrainian delegate to dissociate from this position. The NPT is in serious danger," the statement run.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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