Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Ukraine Has a Useless Piece of Paper

Israel cannot trust written agreements. Recent events show they are not worth the paper on which they are written.
Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 6:30 AM



Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Knows that Obama is full of hot air, and takes advantage of that fact to do as he wishes.
The U.S. has claimed for years that if Israel makes sacrifices, America will support the security of Israel.

Right now, there is a nation that is strategically crucial to America – the Ukraine – engaged in a battle with Russia, another world super power. America has not protected the Ukraine and Israel would do well to observe the situation very closely. 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin Knows that Obama is full of hot air, and takes advantage of that fact to do as he wishes.

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Ukraine had the world’s third largest nuclear arsenal on its territory. Eventually, there was a Trilateral Statement, signed in January 1994, under which Ukraine agreed to transfer the nuclear warheads to Russia for elimination. In return, Ukraine received security assurances from the United States, Russia and Britain, as well as other considerations.

A document, called the “Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons” was signed between America, Russia, the UK & Northern Ireland, which welcomed Ukraine as a “non-nuclear-weapon State”.

Among other things, the document stated:

Item #1: The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine. (Author's Note: Russia does not seem to be respecting those borders)

Item #2: The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. (Author's Note: Russia missed reading that line.)

Item #3: The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind. (Author’s Note: Russia has used economic coercion)

Item #4: The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used. (Author’s Note: No one has helped, as you may have noticed.)

Item #5: The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will consult in the event a situation arises which raises a question concerning these commitments. (Author’s Note: They consulted – and disagreed.)

The Ukraine has a useless piece of paper, and can go and cry to the United Nations or to anyone else – and meanwhile, Russia acts in what it perceives as its own best interest.  

Israel must use this issue to her advantage, and realize that the Arabs seek to destroy Israel “piece by piece” using “peace”. No piece of paper is going to change that and no piece of paper is a guarantee of anything.

The Jewish people are responsible for Israel – no one else.

Ronn Torossian is a New York based entrepreneur.