It is impossible to freely interpret the principles of the UN, they are able to act only in its full entirety, said the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. V. Lavrov
"in the end, There is nothing better than the UN is a unique organization with a unique legitimacy, its members are almost all of the planet's countries. The UN Charter in practice nobody questioned, all its principles - the sovereign equality of Nations, the peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence, respect of the right of peoples to self-determination - all of it is relevant today. Just do not need every time to interpret these principles as you want, they are able to act only in its full entirety, " said the Minister in an interview to a TV channel.
He said that in 1970 the UN General Assembly has specifically adopted the Declaration on principles of international law, which gave the most detailed so far the interpretation of the relationship between the principles of territorial integrity and self-determination of peoples.
"It said that all countries have an obligation to respect the territorial integrity of any country, which in the framework of its territorial integrity ensures the principle of self-determination, not through force and reflecting the desires and positions of all parts of its residents. In my opinion, quite convincing from a position of what we saw in the Ukraine, when instead of respecting the population and to comply with the provisions of the signed (by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych document (on the establishment of a government of national unity), the morning after the signing of this agreement was carried out a coup and declared the establishment of a " government of winners ". The mentality was confrontational towards all who did not accept this coup, " - He said pointing.
According to Lavrov, at the UN to reach consensus on all issues, the main thing that then they are respected.
"We cannot act on the principle" as you Wish, and I turn back ". Remember, when Yugoslavia was falling apart, the EU long thought what to do, and Germany took it and, without waiting for their partners in the European Union, independently recognized the independence of Croatia and Slovenia. After a few weeks have started to accept it as a reality and a fact ", - said the Minister.
he said, then Western partners, announcing its decision, said that the main thing - to provide respect for the principle of self-determination of the peoples of the former Yugoslavia, for this reason, the West recognizes all that had happened.
"very soon afterwards, the Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia began to speak of his determination, but they said:" No, after recognition of all the republics of the former Yugoslavia now for us the main thing - the principle of respect for territorial integrity." You know, what ended those aspirations of the Serbs in Croatia in practice remained after the fighting, to the experience which now call out the radicals in Ukraine, as they report, " thinking about the return of the Crimea ", - noted the Minister.