Concerning the question of the rule of law (the rule of law question) in the context of Russian foreign policy.
Doctor of Legal Sciences,
Professor of NRU HSE
Unfortunately, in history there usually remains the judgment of history, not the judgment of law. All the more so it is important to analyze events on time to see their “legal purity”. So that in circumstances of the other legal reality our descendants can enter not the closed but barely opened door of new international confidence.
Part 1. Law and its supremacy as a bone of contention.
When the President of the USA (the USA President) Barack Obama was commenting remarks of the President of Russian (of Russian President) Vladimir Putin concerning Ukraine, he said: “It seems that President Putin has a different set of lawyers. Probably he has a different set of interpretations”. I must say that President Obama was rather diplomatic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was tougher in her remarks. When she was giving a speech in front of the Bundestag members, she said “During the Ukrainian crisis Russia acted according to the laws of jungle, which was used in XIX-XX centuries”. What is that? Tricks of our enemies? Attacks of geopolitical competitors who want to claim world dominance? But prior to that the logic of cooperation although not simple at all, did not account for such disruptions. Is it actually about the law? Let’s try to figure it out.