Ukraine Threatens To Create Nuclear Weapons Force If It’s Not Brought into NATO
April 16 , 2021 (EIRNS)—The Kiev regime has gone even further off the deep end in its desperate quest to trigger World War III on behalf of the dying British Empire. Ukrainian Defense Minister Andrii Taran, told Members of the European Parliament in Brussels that Russia was preparing to potentially store nuclear weapons in Crimea. Reuters reports, however, that Taran provided no evidence for his assertion, but said Russia was massing 110,000 troops on Ukraine’s border in 56 battalion-sized tactical groups, citing Kiev’s latest intelligence.
Taran’s claim about Crimea attracted ridicule from Russian politicians. “Taran should not go to the European Parliament, but to the office of a psychotherapist,” said Duma member Andrey Kozenko, reported RT. “Russia really has powerful military potential and, if it wanted to, it could deploy nuclear warheads in Crimea, and Kiev would be the last to know about it.”
Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk went even further, openly threatening that unless NATO makes Ukraine a member, Kiev will pursue a nuclear weapons capability.
“We must do everything possible to ensure that Putin will not attack us tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The only possibility for this is for Ukraine to finally become a NATO member. If Ukraine were a NATO member in 2014 ... it would never have come to the annexation and this terrible war in the east,”
he said in an interview with Germany’s DLF Radio, reported Unian.
Otherwise, “Ukraine has no other choice: Either we are part of an alliance such as NATO and are doing our part to make this Europe stronger, or we have the only option—to arm by ourselves, and maybe think about nuclear status again. How else can we guarantee our defense?” Melnyk proclaimed.
The regime is also claiming, without evidence, that Russia plans to close the Kerch Strait, which provides passage from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov and the Ukrainian port of Mariupol. Though the Foreign Ministry in Kiev has issued a protest note, the claim appears to have originated with one Andriy Klymenko, the head of the Institute of Black Sea Strategic Studies. “Who it will concern ... foreign warships and state vessels (i.e., does not apply to commercial shipping). However, for example, as for warships of Ukraine and ships of the Ukrainian fleet, they are mainly state-owned (mainly for this case—tugboat),” Klymenko wrote on his Facebook page, reported the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Ukraine has the right to regulate navigation in these areas of the Black Sea. This step is a gross violation of the right to freedom of navigation guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. According to the Convention, the Russian Federation must not obstruct or impede transit through the International Strait to ports in the Sea of Azov, “
the Foreign Ministry said in its protest note.
No statements by Russian officials nor any other evidence have surfaced confirming any Russian intent to close the Kerch Strait, but RT reports that Kiev’s claim came as the Russian Navy announced on April 15 that the Black Sea Fleet would be engaged in exercises, to include live firing at surface targets.