UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States behaves towards Russia, and towards many other countries of the world, more and more rude and self-confident. Of course, this reflects the real weight of the American superpower in international politics. Are there any ways to make the US respect the interests of other states besides direct force pressure?
In Soviet and some of the post-Soviet childhood, adults regularly said: “If you spit on society, then society will rub off, and if society spits on you, then you will drown.” So children were taught not to put the personal above the public.
The USA is a nation of individualists. The first place for a person is his individual rights, the second is his family, the third is state, and the fourth is the United States. And somewhere very, very far away – the rest of the world.
In the 90s, it seemed to the citizens of Russia, and many other countries of the world, that the United States remained the only superpower precisely thanks to individualism, and this ideology was actively imposed on society. Fortunately, it did not take root. Meanwhile, the United States became more and more confident in its chosenness and infallibility, launching “humanitarian bombings” all over the planet and imposing sanctions against countries that did not enthusiastically accept the American way of life.
Judging by how enthusiastically accepted by ordinary Americans and part of the establishment, Donald Trump with his slogan “Let’s make America great again,” the US domination for 2015-2016 was not enough. I wanted more.
What kind of policy towards Russia would Trump pursue if it were not for the accusations of conspiracy with the Kremlin, we will never know. This is an alternative story from the category: “What would happen if Gorbachev launched perestroika without publicity and drowned the separatists in the blood.”
As a result, we have what we have. Despite the on-duty assurances of the American president that he is ready to get along with Moscow at any time, relations break through one bottom after another.
Failure to issue visas to Russian diplomats to work at the UN is a violation of all Washington’s obligations. This is obvious to the whole world, including countries negatively inclined towards Russia.
Two UN committees were forced to stop working due to a lack of quorum. The negative reaction of Russia was supported by the Deputy Secretary General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Suaresh. According to the Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Gennady Kuzmin, UN Secretary General Antoniu Gutterisch “fully shares our position.” Moreover. Kuzmin emphasized that “we were able to convince a wide range of states that we are on the right positions, that our demands are fair, and that the host state does not fulfill its obligations under the headquarters agreement.”
Now the main question is what will be the consequences? You can transfer the meetings of the committees, whose members did not receive a visa to the United States, to neutral territory – to Geneva or Vienna. The capitals of neutral states traditionally serve as meetings of states whose relations are in a cooling stage or, conversely, in a hot phase. This proposal was made by the first deputy representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky.
Another option that Gennady Kuzmin called is to convene an international court of the UN. “For the first time, this question was clearly posed that concrete effective steps should be taken. A part of the delegations, and we support this initiative, talked about launching the mechanism provided for by the headquarters agreement, namely: conducting arbitration between the UN Secretary General and the host state. ” At the same time, the last word in the decision to convene the arbitration court rests with the Secretary General, and it is not at all obvious that he will decide to spoil relations with the host country of the UN.
Russian expert Dmitry Drobnitsky was skeptical about the prospects for the trial of the United States. “Imagine that these violations have been examined, the United States has been found guilty, they are fined, and they simply don’t pay them. And then what? I think this is utopia. None of this will work; alas, none of these mechanisms work. Using international law to try to hold someone accountable, let alone a nuclear power, is pointless, ”he said in an interview with VZGLYAD.
“The problem is also that in the USA itself there is a huge skepticism regarding the UN. And an increase in pressure on Washington is likely to lead the United States to reduce its level of participation in the organization. In addition, at different times, we hear that if someone doesn’t like American resolutions in the UN Security Council, Washington may stop financing the organization altogether, ”the expert believes.
Indeed, American politicians, including President Trump, regularly criticized the UN. The United States, as you know, generally does not really like to limit its sovereignty to any obligations to other countries. And with the advent of the current president, Washington’s attitude to international organizations (including even such an icon of the Western world as NATO) has become openly skeptical.
Two years ago, Trump criticized the UN because it “failed to realize its full potential due to bureaucracy and inept governance.” There were no clear signs that he had since changed his mind.
So are the United States really so invulnerable to the international community? Yes and no. Yes, no sanctions will work – as they do not affect Russia, and no military pressure on a nuclear power is possible.
But if an international court is convened not only on the issue of preventing Russian diplomats from joining the UN, but on several issues at once, then the world has the prospect of somewhat reducing pathos and a sense of American self-importance.
Failure to fulfill the duties of the host country of the UN – this time. Europeans and Chinese may sue Washington for violating WTO rules, and Russia may join this lawsuit – these are two. Syria may sue due to invasion. The chances that the Iraqi and Afghan administrations subordinate to the Americans will support these claims are small, but the United States can be blamed for private individuals who have lost relatives and lost property as a result of the invasion of American troops – these are three. Iran may resort to legal measures because of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Russia may raise the question before Interpol that Washington’s constant demands on third countries to extradite Russian citizens to them are a direct violation of international law.
Of course, as long as the dollar remains the main payment unit in the world, and European countries are afraid of Russia and consider the Americans their only protection, these courts will be only drops of water. Which can’t oppose anything to the rock of American power and, frankly, arrogance in international affairs.
But, as we well know in Russia, water sharpens a stone.
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