The idea of supplying nuclear weapons to Ukraine amid the ongoing conflict between Kiev and Moscow amounts to provoking a “nuclear conflict in the center of Europe” and is downright insane, Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on Sunday.
The official responded to the remarks made by Radoslaw Sikorski, a Polish MEP and former foreign minister, who said the West was in its “right” to do so.
“With such MPs, the Europeans will have much more serious troubles than those they have already faced today – refugees, record inflation, energy crisis,” Volodin said in a social media post.
Sikorski, who led Poland’s Foreign Ministry between 2007 and 2014, floated the idea
in an interview with Ukraine’s Espreso TV on Saturday. The diplomat accused Russia of violating the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, a framework agreement signed by Ukraine, Russia, the UK, and US, under which Kiev surrendered the nuclear arsenal it inherited after the collapse of the Soviet Union in return for security guarantees and economic benefits.
“The West has the right to give Ukraine nuclear warheads so that it could protect its independence,” Sikorski claimed.