Jesse Watters reveals how Bill Clinton laid the groundwork for current Russia-Ukraine tensions

Watter pointed to 1994, only three years after the fall of the Soviet Union, when President Clinton heralded an agreement forged with Kyiv that would eliminate nuclear weapons left on Ukrainian soil by the Soviets.

“How did we get here? Bill Clinton forced the Ukrainians in the early 1990s to give their nukes back to Russia,” Watters recalled. “If he had just let the Ukrainians keep the nukes, Russia wouldn’t have gone in — You don’t invade a nuclear power.” 

“So, I expect a formal apology by Bubba,” he quipped, using a noted 90s nickname for President Clinton.

Clinton, an Arkansas Democrat, called the accord struck between Russia, Ukraine and NATO a “a hopeful and historic breakthrough that enhances the security of all three participants.”

The agreement prescribed the United States, United Kingdom and Russia to provide security assurances in exchange for its arsenal. Clinton reportedly offered at least $ 175 million to fund the dismantling of the weapons at the time.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) looks at U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) before the start of their second meeting June 4 in Catherine's Hall in the Kremlin. WM

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) looks at U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) before the start of their second meeting June 4 in Catherine’s Hall in the Kremlin. WM

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