Ukraine and Nuclear Weapons

Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2022 10:14 am
When the Soviet Union broke up, Ukraine was left in possession of nuclear weapons. Ukraine then voluntarily handed them over to Russia.

Why? What would Russia have done had Ukraine refused?
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Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2022 11:21 am
At the time, probably nothing, but they weren't forced to hand them over, they did it because it is expensive to be a nuclear power. You have to maintain, upgrade, test and secure the weapons and that doesn't make sense for a country with no natural enemies. Thirty years ago, I doubt anyone in the Ukraine or Russia would have imagined the current situation.
Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2022 11:50 am
Maybe Putin.
Reply Mon 18 Jul, 2022 01:26 pm
This is a digression.

After the Soviet Union dissolved, Russia claimed and received its permanent seat in the Security Council of the United Nations.

I think Russia should not have received it. There were 10 other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Supposedly, the other 10 countries agreed to Russia receiving it.

Sounds pretty fishy to me.
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