Ukraine Regrets Giving Up Nukes

… the Pakistanis and North Koreans had the right idea on nukes.

A country on the brink: The situation inside Ukraine as Russian forces loom…

Lesley Stahl: You know, in the early '90s when the Soviet Union broke up and Ukraine became an independent country, you gave up your nuclear weapons. You had a-- a giant arsenal, I think the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. You agreed to send the nukes back to Russia. And in return, you got security guarantees from the United States and from Russia. Do you all look back on that and say, “We should not have given up our nuclear weapons? It was a mistake.”

{Foreign Minister] Dmytro Kuleba: I do.

Lesley Stahl: Do you feel that the United States owes you?

Dmytro Kuleba: Partially. You know, whatever mistakes were made in history, our current life gives all of us excellent opportunities to correct those mistakes. And given the fact that we abandoned our nuclear-- nuclear arsenal, given the fact that the security assurances that were given to us failed, I think some countries should feel responsibility for this-- for this. And work hard on finding the right and efficient security guarantee for Ukraine.


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