Trilateral Denuclearization Signing 1994-01-14

THE WHITE HOUSE

                  Office of the Press Secretary
                         (Moscow, Russia)
______________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                       January 14, 1994     


             PRESS AVAILABILITY BY PRESIDENT CLINTON,
             PRESIDENT YELTSIN AND PRESIDENT KRAVCHUK 
                          IN SIGNING OF 
	     TRILATERAL DENUCLEARIZATION AGREEMENT 

	     
                 St. Catherine Hall, The Kremlin
                          Moscow, Russia
	     	  

8:55 A.M. (L)

	     
	     Q	  What will be the impact of this agreement on 
the national security of Russia?
	     
	     PRESIDENT YELTSIN:  We have never believed and we 
have never perceived that there is any kind of danger coming our 
way from Ukraine.  Nevertheless, in terms of world politics, 
today is an historic day where the three Presidents have signed 
an agreement that would eliminate nuclear arms from the territory 
of Ukraine, and whereby Ukraine will be exceeding the treaty on 
the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons.  This will be another 
important step towards getting rid of nuclear weapons throughout 
the world.
	     
	     Q	  There is an opinion that if the Ukraine gets 
rid of its nuclear weapons it will lose its authority, so to 
speak, among other nations.  What is your opinion on this, Mr. 
President?
	     
	     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  Well, of course, in the end this 
is a question that Ukraine has to answer for itself, but I can 
only tell you what my opinion is.  My opinion is that Ukraine 
will increase its authority among nations for doing this.  After 
all, Ukraine has enhanced the security of the United States today 
by agreeing to remove 1,500 nuclear warheads aimed at our nation.  
Ukraine has enhanced the security of Ukraine and Russia by 
agreeing to dismantle these warheads which means that there is 
less chance of nuclear accident, nuclear espionage, nuclear 
terrorism.  
	     
	     And more important, Ukraine has shown an 
understanding that as we move into the next century, the 
greatness of nations will be defined by their ability to work 
with each other and to develop the capacities of their people. 
And I think you will now see people all over the world more 
interested in working with Ukraine in partnership because of this 
very brave and visionary act.  
	     
	     So I believe that Ukraine is a stronger nation today 
for having done this.  And I think almost everyone else in the 
world will believe the same thing.
	     
	     Q	  President Clinton, we've been told by one of 
your aides that the timetable for this agreement is going to 
remain secret.  Is that, in fact, the case?  Are you going to at 
least tell us when dismantlement of the first nuclear warhead in 
Ukraine will take place?
	     
	     PRESIDENT CLINTON:  We have reached an agreement on 
which details will be made public and which will not, and today 
all the things that can be made public will be made public.  I 
want to be -- we've been working so hard on this, I want to be 
very careful about it.  

	     
	     Let me tell you that I am completely comfortable 
with the agreements that we have made and with the understandings 
between both Russia and Ukraine about how it will be handled.  I 
think it's a very good thing for the world and a very good thing 
for the United States.
	     
	     Q	  What does Ukraine receive from giving the 
warheads and missiles deployed in its territory?
	     
	     PRESIDENT KRAVCHUK:  From the political point of 
view, we get a greater security for having signed the documents 
with the Presidents.  Both Presidents and the countries confirm 
this higher change of security.
	     
	     And the second point, the Ukraine confirms its 
policy which was proclaimed earlier, thus indicating the 
continual character of its policy.   And the third, Ukraine 
receives compensation for nuclear weapons.     And the fourth, 
Ukraine enters into normal relations with other states, and this 
is the primary thing for great security.

	     I say it like that -- if Ukraine is in friendly 
relations, further ties with Russia and the United States, it 
will be secure.	  

                               END9:20 A.M. (L)