The problem is that the Budapest Memorandum is more of a political agreement than a legally binding agreement. It does not say that countries should take special measures when they are injured, other than to start talks. In 2016, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made another statement, saying the agreement only provided that its signatories “would not use nuclear weapons against Ukraine” – which is not true. However, in August, Kiev had again requested negotiations with the signatory states on the basis of the agreement, without success. RATH: And the United States, along with Great Britain, is part of that agreement, so what is the responsibility of the United States? These are actions that the United States owes to Ukraine for abandoning nuclear weapons on its territory. In 1994, Washington wrote a cheque to Kiev to obtain U.S. support in the Budapest Memorandum, even though it hoped it would never be cashed. Unfortunately, it did. “If the West signed such an agreement, it would be a small membership of NATO, but not formally,” Simon said. The Massandra Accords prepared the stage for the finally successful trilateral conversations. When the United States negotiated between Russia and Ukraine, the three countries signed the trilateral declaration of 14 January 1994. Ukraine has pledged to completely disarm, including strategic weapons, in exchange for economic support and security guarantees from the United States and Russia. Ukraine has expressed its readiness to transfer its nuclear warheads to Russia and has accepted US assistance in dismantling missiles, bombers and nuclear infrastructure.
Ukraine`s warheads would be dismantled in Russia and Ukraine would receive compensation for the commercial value of highly enriched uranium. Ukraine ratified the START Treaty in February 1994, thus lifting its previous preconditions, but would not join the NPT without other security guarantees. In 2009, Russia and the United States issued a joint statement confirming that the security guarantees provided in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum would remain valid after the start treaty expired in 2009. As part of the agreement, Ukraine`s signatories offered “security guarantees” in exchange for compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The memorandum gathered a series of assurances that Ukraine had already given to the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), the UN Charter and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but the Ukrainian government found it useful to have these assurances in a document specific to Ukraine.   The United States