What is occurring now is far more serious than many may think. Earlier, Putin attacked other countries with tanks; now he is undermining the formal structures of the international system with ostensibly “legal” arguments. He wants to ensure that he has “carte blanche for a new invasion” of yet another country or a repetition in Ukraine or Georgia.
“To stop not only Russia but any country which unleashes an aggressive policy, violates the rights of people and seizes the territory of sovereign states, there must be a consolidated position [among the leaders of the international community] which unfortunately we have sometimes not seen.”
“When there is an enemy, we must all unite and understand that if today this enemy comes to Ukraine, then tomorrow he may go into Poland and/or resume the attack on Georgia which was begun in 2008,” Yastrebova says. And this is all the more likely because Rsusia has shown that for it, “international influence does not have any importance.”
Instead, the Kremlin’s policy will be the one Putin and his minions make on the basis of their own calculations, calculations that now do not need to include even a polite bow in the direction of the Geneva Convention.