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‘A double standard’: Armenian political scientist reacts to White House statement on Kazakhstan events

8-01-2022, 15:16 Armenia » Analytical
‘A double standard’: Armenian political scientist reacts to White House statement on Kazakhstan events

8 January 2022, 15:16 - NovostiNK
Armenian political scientist Stepan Danielyan on Friday reacted to the White House statement on the developments in unrest-hit Kazakhstan.

"We're closely monitoring reports that the Collective Security Treaty Organization have dispatched its collective peacekeeping forces to Kazakhstan," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a news briefing on 6 January.

"We have questions about the nature of this request and whether it was a legitimate invitation or not. We don't know at this point."

In a post on Facebook, Danielyan underscored that when Russia demands that NATO troops not be deployed to Ukraine, they are told that Ukraine is an independent country and decides for itself which country's troops should be stationed on its sovereign territory.

“There is a classic double standard here. With all due respect to the healthy cynicism of the U.S., it is an important lesson for the long-suffering Armenian viewers to understand that there are no principles in international relations, but mere interests. Principles are a cudgel in the hands of the strong when needed, and when not needed, they are of no use,” the specialist stated.

“There are also no allies, no international laws, while human rights (outside the country) are just a playing card to expand one’s influence. Russia, Malaysia, Turkey and others do the same, if they carry weight.

“When discussing inter-state relations, please stop using words and expressions such as democracy, international law, especially "civil society states". Speak to the point!” he noted.



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