Kiev pondering a nuclear option against Russia

Kiev wants to restart its nuclear weapons program if it doesn’t get enough support from the West.

“If we cannot protect Ukraine today, if the world doesn’t help us, we will have to go back to the development of nuclear weapons, which will protect us from Russia,” Ukrainian Defense Minister Valery Geletey said in an interview with Ukrainian TV, also claiming that NATO members have already started supplying Kiev with other weapons.

In the same briefing Geletey mentioned that arms were starting to come in from the NATO alliance. It could add to the fragility of a recent truce.

Slovakia, to some extent the Czech Republic, and Hungary, are said to be worried about these latest remarks.

The American political establishment wants to use Kiev as a spearhead against Russia, and the Atlanticist alliance has not condemned this statement.

Meanwhile Finland will not give up the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in conjunction with Rosatom (Russia’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Power) because of sanctions; there are no differences in the Finnish government over the matter, Finland Prime Minister Alexander Strubb told Radio Suomi in an interview, ItarTASS has reported.

Strubb also emphasized that cooperation between Finland’s power company Fennovoima and Rosatom “will not shake Finland’s reputation”. He said the project for the construction of the NPP is significant to such an extent that “it should not be mixed with politics”.

The Rusatom Overseas Company (a subsidiary of Rosatom) and Fennovoima signed a contracts for the construction of a Hanhikivi-1 NPP at the end of December 2013. A license for building it had been obtained by Fennovoima way back in summer 2010. During the obtaining of the license, the Russian company had not been mentioned as a supplier of reactor. Therefore the Finnish side considered it necessary for the parliament to approve the construction once again a decision to refer the project to the members of parliament is to be made by the government. Besides, simultaneously, Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Radiological Safety Centre are now busy estimating environmental and nuclear safety of the project.

Fennovoima expects that Finnish authorities, upon studying the new elements that appeared in the project, will reaffirm that it fully meets the country’s interests.