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    As Ukraine was negotiating with Russia, the United States and European Union what would become the Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances guaranteeing its security if it gave up the nukes it had inherited from the Soviet Union ...
    I read the text of the Memorandum, and in no way does it "guarantee the security" of Ukraine. No signatory is required to help defend Ukraine except against nuclear attack.

    The Russians, BTW, are in violation of several clauses of the Memorandum. Putin is a man foresworn, not that I think he cares.

    But since the Memorandum is a toothless agreement if no nuclear weapons are used against Ukraine, they receive no improvement in their security from having signed it at all.

    Purity is for primaries; in the general, our worst are better than their best.

    by blue aardvark on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:52:14 PM PST

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