Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Nationalism and Nukes' in Ukraine

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

`Nationalism and Nukes' in Ukraine

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In the Opinion page article "Nationalism and Nukes," Dec. 1, the author brings up the urgent issue of Ukraine's delay in ratifying the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). The author's concern for this delay is understandable, but his attempt to explain the Ukrainian position is off the mark and bears little resemblance to the facts.

Ukraine has not refused to sign the START agreement. It was submitted to the Ukrainian parliament only last summer. Therefore, it is unrealistic to expect the Ukrainians to rubber-stamp the treaty without properly studying it.

The director of the Ukrainian military's Center for Strategic Research on Nuclear Weapons, Maj. Gen. Vadim Grechaninov, says Ukraine is willing to give up the uranium used in the nuclear warheads to Russia for only a fraction of its worth, and he predicts that the parliament will ratify the treaty within three months.

Contrary to the author's statement, Ukrainians have not "refused to allow Russians to deactivate Ukrainian missiles. …

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