Ukraine is in talks with the United States on the creation of a Council of Defence Ministers of Budapest Memorandum member states.
"Acting Defence Minister of Ukraine Ihor Teniukh had a conversation with [U.S.] Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, and one of the topics they covered was the possibility of the creation of a Council of Defence Chiefs of the Budapest Memorandum member states," Deputy Defence Minister of Ukraine Leonid Poliakov has reported. According to him, this council is to ensure the implementation of the conditions of the memorandum regarding the security of Ukraine and its territorial integrity. The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement signed in Budapest, in December 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to 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 United States of America, and the United Kingdom.