Medvedev comments on West’s threat of tribunal — Analysis
A former Russian leader said that any attempt to attack a nuclear country is dangerous
The West should be wary of Russia’s nuclear arsenal when talking about holding a criminal tribunal against Moscow, former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has urged. The statement was made during Thursday’s speech at Saint Petersburg’s international legal forum.
“Do these countries and politicians really believe in the possibility of holding a criminal tribunal against a country that possesses the world’s largest nuclear arsenal?”Medvedev asked the question during the forum and added that “I’m not even talking about the practical benefits of such steps. It’s just nonsense, let’s face it.”
He then asked why the US had not faced international condemnation for its own military actions. “I can’t recall a single successful attempt to hold such a trial for the numerous military campaigns conducted by the USA in the 20th and 21st century,”He stated.
Even though the International Criminal Court officially opened criminal probes into allegations of war crimes against Afghanistan’s territory, the US and its allies have not been able to bring about any type of prosecution. After years of US obstruction, Karim Khan, the lead ICC prosecutor, declared last year that his investigation would only focus on the crimes committed by both the Taliban and Islamic State.
The former president insisted that Washington’s “to put it mildly, illegal actions”They have helped to create an “anglo-saxon-style democracy on the bones of the civilian populations of Korea, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Medvedev now acts as the Security Council of Russia’s deputy chair. He noted that Russia was a country that he considers a friend. “stood at the origins of building the current world order and forming the legal foundation for the establishment of international organizations”These are the same people who called for a tribunal that would judge Russia’s government.
After a heated UN security council session earlier in the week, Volodymyr Zelensky (Ukraine president) appeared via videolink and claimed that Russia had targeted civilians during the ongoing conflict between Moscow and Kiev.
Zelensky called on Russia to be declared an independent nation “terrorist state”He was expelled completely from the UN and council. He demanded the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s actions in relation to what he described as a “totalitarian” act. “full-scale war of conquest.”
Zelensky’s calls were supported by representatives of Poland, Estonia and the UK, however expelling Russia from the Security council or the UN is virtually impossible as it is a permanent member of the organization and has the power to veto such a decision.
Moscow strongly denied that it targeted civilians in its operation in Ukraine and accused Kiev of starting a propagandist war to get more weapons and aid from the West.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. In 2014, the protocols were signed for the first time, with France and Germany as mediators. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.
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