The Budapest Memorandum-The U.S. and Britain Guaranteed Ukraine’s Borders in 1994
I’m not sure if the The Budapest Memorandum was ratified by the Senate (it certainly doesn’t seem it was), but Bill Clinton did sign it along with Prime Minister John Major.
In essence, Russian President Putin knows the Obama is weak and he will certainly use The Budapest Memorandum to make him look the fool once again.
Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was a international treaty signed on February, 5, 1994, in Budapest.
The diplomatic document saw signatories make promises to each other as part of the denuclearization of former Soviet republics after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
It was signed by Bill Clinton, John Major, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma – the then-rulers of the USA, UK, Russia and Ukraine.
The agreement promises to protest Ukraine’s borders in return for Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons.
It is not a formal treaty, but rather, a diplomatic document.
It was an unprecedented case in contemporary international life and international law.
Whether is it legally binding in complex.
‘It is binding in international law, but that doesn’t mean it has any means of enforcement,’ says Barry Kellman is a professor of law and director of the International Weapons Control Center at DePaul University’s College of Law told Radio Free Europe. Read more….
Of course, our President was focused on the Ukraine, like a laser, today.