Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Gunboat Diplomacy


I just can't help feeling that restricting the travel arrangements and freezing the assets of certain Russian and Russo-Ukranian politicians (when they've had ample time to move their assets) is as effectual as doing absolutely nothing.

Surely a fast-track induction of Ukraine into NATO would have made a slightly more compelling argument?

That said, if the citizens of Crimea want to join Russia, then surely that's a democratic right? There again, if the manner in which it was conducted was illegal according to international law (which most commentators agree is the case), then Russia has made a mockery of the United Nations and should be expelled through legal process.

One wonders whether the UN is headed for the same fate as the League of Nations.


2 comments:

  1. I have to say that the citizens of Crimea have been given a greater democratic say in their decision to become independent (and no doubt later to return to Russia) than they were when they were given to Ukraine in the first place.

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  2. I have to agree, Alan.

    I do wonder, however, whether International Law is just one big jumble of incompatibilities. It certainly seems that way when it can be interpreted in so many ways.

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