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To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, on The Trenchant Observer web site, and you will see a list in chronological order.
1) Elena G. Sevillano (Berlin), “El G-7 avisa de que “no reconocerá nunca” las fronteras que Putin quiere imponer por la fuerza;; Los ministros de Exteriores debaten cómo sortear el bloqueo ruso a los puertos ucranios desde donde se exporta grano, para hacer frente a la grave crisis alimentaria global,” El País, el 14 de mayo 2022 (11:23);.
Sevillano reports on the G-7 discussions in Germany today on various aspects of the Ukraine War. The article should be available in the English Edition within a day or two, and can always be easily translated with Google Translate.
Slowly, and step by step, international law and the U.N. Charter are being upheld. The G-7 said they would “never” recognize Russian territorial gains secured by the use of force.
This position is in accordance with peremptory norms of international law (jus cogens). These principles are expressed in Article 2 paragraph 4 of the U.N. Charter and in Article 52 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. The non-recognition policy was first announced by the U.S. in 1932, following the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and the establishment of the puppet state of Manchukuo.
The U.N. Charter and international law are structural factors, often in the background. which are likely to have a decisive impact–over time–on the course of the Ukraine War and the terms of any peace settlement.
Leaders in the U.S. are paying a high price for their disregard of international law in the past, e.g., Iraq, targeted killings in violation of
the laws of war (Al Solamani assassination), torture.
Not appreciating international law, the Americans have forgotten how to use it in marshaling support for their positions, as they did with such effect in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
If the U.S.and its allies ever use international law effectively to strengthen support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russia for its aggression and atrocities, such action could greatly increase leverage over Russia.
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