Putin’s Russia and its uses of international law

Russia has been riding roughshod over international law since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. This was followed by its interventions in eastern Ukraine and…

Senior Policy Fellow

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Russia has been riding roughshod over international law since the annexation of Crimea in 2014. This was followed by its interventions in eastern Ukraine and Syria along with the recent judgment of the Russian Constitutional Court which emphasizes the priority of the Russian constitution over the European Convention on Human Rights. But what is the thinking that lies behind these actions? Lauri Mälksoo, professor of international law at the University of Tartu and director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, gives his opinion. Chair: Kadri Liik, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow.