"We are ready and will defend our land even if left alone, without international support. Which is why we continue developing the army while the Armed Forces of Ukraine remain our top priority," Poroshenko said.
The president noted that the state must independently take care of its own security being able to ignore the demands of the international community for the sake of its own safety. This opinion was expressed by Poroshenko when he recalled the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994, under which Ukraine gave up its nuclear arsenal in exchange for security assurances.
"Would anyone dare attack us if we had nuclear weapons?" the president said.
As noted, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances refers to three identical political agreements signed in Budapest, Hungary on Dec. 5, 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Memorandum was originally signed by three nuclear powers, the Russian Federation, the U.S., and the UK. China and France gave somewhat weaker individual assurances in separate documents.