Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of Budapest Memorandum – Dutch FM Hoekstra – 25/02/2022

Historically speaking, the security and stability with which many of us in Europe grew up is an exception. Our content has a dark history of war and instability. Ukraine’s history is a particularly poignant example. You only have to think of the horrific Holodomor famine under Stalin, the millions of Ukrainians who died in the Second World War and the oppression of Ukrainians in the Soviet period. In the 20th century, Russia cast a dark shadow over Ukraine.

Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – 1994

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 selfdefense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

Russia’s legitimate security concerns should be respected – China (25/02/2022)

The sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected and upheld. The purposes and principles of the UN Charter should also be jointly upheld. This a principle China always follows and a basic norm governing international relations that all countries should adhere to. At the same time, we recognize that the Ukraine issue has a complex and special historical context and understand Russia’s legitimate concerns on security issues. China maintains that all should discard the Cold War mentality and eventually put in place a balanced, effective and sustainable European security mechanism through dialogue and negotiation.

Russia has launched military operation in Ukraine, martial law imposed – President of Ukraine – 24/02/2022

Our diplomats are informing the world about what is happening. Ukrainians will never give up their freedom and independence to anyone. Only we, all citizens of Ukraine, have been determining our future since 1991. But now the fate of not only our state is being decided, but also what life in Europe will be like.

Text of the Minsk agreement – 2014

Based on the Law of Ukraine “On interim local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, questions related to local elections will be discussed and agreed upon with representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group.

Address by the President of the Russian Federation on Ukraine – 21/02/2022

It seems that the Communist Party leaders were convinced that they had created a solid system of government and that their policies had settled the ethnic issue for good. But falsification, misconception, and tampering with public opinion have a high cost. The virus of nationalist ambitions is still with us, and the mine laid at the initial stage to destroy state immunity to the disease of nationalism was ticking. As I have already said, the mine was the right of secession from the Soviet Union.

MFA of Ukraine commented on U.S. Department of State decision ordering departure of family members of U.S. Embassy -24/01/2022

While respecting the right of foreign nations to decide on safety and security of their diplomatic missions, we consider that this step by the U.S. is a premature one and an instance of excessive caution. There were no radical changes in the security situation lately: the threat of new waves of Russian aggression remains constant since 2014, and Russia’s build-up of the military capacity along Ukraine’s borders lasts since April last year.

USA or NATO have no intention to put forces in Ukraine but there shall be serious economic consequences if Russia moves-Biden in Press Gaggle-25/01/2022

It’s just exactly what I said: is that — is that as long as we have to reassure — if you noticed, you don’t see a lot of concern in terms of their security of our — and of our — our NATO Allies in Western Europe. But in Eastern Europe, there’s reason for concern. They’re along the Russian border. They’re on the Belarus border. So, everyone from Poland on has — has reason to be concerned about what would happen and what spillover effects could occur.

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media on Russian-Ukrainian border after meeting with US SOS Antony Blinken on 21/01/2022

Our experience of working with our Western colleagues on European security issues contains abundant examples when promises were made but not kept. I have already quoted the words said by the then US President Gerald Ford immediately after the signing of the Helsinki Final Act in 1975. Celebrating the occasion, he said: “History will judge this Conference not by what we say here today, but by what we do tomorrow - not by the promises we make, but by the promises we keep.” Our American and West European colleagues and NATO members are not very good at this.

President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation for discussion on Ukraine-30/12/2021

President Biden laid out two paths, two aspects of the U.S. approach that will really depend on Russia’s actions in the period ahead. One is a path of diplomacy leading toward a de-escalation of the situation, and the other is a path that’s more focused on deterrence, including serious costs and consequences should Russia choose to proceed with a further invasion of Ukraine. And those costs include economic costs, include adjustments and augmentations of NATO force posture in Allied countries, and include additional assistance to Ukraine to enable it to further defend itself and its territory, as we’ve laid out previously.