The powerful cite international law to weaker states but blithely ignore it when it comes in their way
The Russian-US proxy war over Ukraine, while threatening to unleash a new Cold War, serves as a reminder that power usually trumps international law. Russia’s muscular riposte, including annexing Crimea, to the US-supported putsch in Kiev that deposed Ukraine’s constitutional order highlights major powers’ unilateralist approach to international law.
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