Medvedev changed his rhetoric towards the West
On the Legal Form, he spoke less harshly than on social networks
Dmitry Medvedev spoke in an unexpected capacity: from online, where the threatening statements of the deputy head of the Security Council have been published lately, he went offline, taking part in the St. Petersburg Legal Forum. It turned out that “live” DAM sounds less aggressive than in the epistolary genre, but it still could not do without another “casus belli”. According to the politician, the unilateral sanctions of the West are an act of aggression and give Russia the right to retaliate military actions.
Dmitry Medvedev returned to the Legal Forum in a new capacity and with new ideas. However, it was finally possible to recognize the former DAM in him. The deputy chairman of the Security Council began his speech at the forum as in the good old premier days with compliments on the changeable St. Petersburg weather. She, in his words, suddenly turned out to be “fantastic.”
“It is a pity that we are all sitting in the hall, and not on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, although it is nearby,” Medvedev either joked or complained. He expressed hope that the face-to-face format, which everyone has long missed, will contribute to the effective work of the forum and allow its participants to better understand each other.
Although both presidents who ruled Russia in the 21st century are lawyers by training, only Dmitry Medvedev has always shown interest in the specialized forum. Whereas Vladimir Putin made the SPIEF the main platform, which, as you know, is dominated by topics that are more interesting to him – the economy and foreign policy.
However, this year the GDP recorded a lengthy appeal to lawyers, explaining that their role has greatly increased: all pressing issues on the global agenda are directly related to international law. According to the president, this institution is now in crisis, and there are proposals from various sides to abolish the very concept of international law.
“But don't confuse cause and effect,” the head of state said, “Crisis are not born because of vices allegedly inherent in law. The point is in attempts to replace law with diktat, and international norms with national jurisdiction of individual states or groups of states. And the United States is guilty of this in the first place.
Dmitry Medvedev developed this idea, noting that some international organizations, including certain bodies of the UN, the OSCE and the Council of Europe, allow themselves to be used “in the political interests of individual countries”, “forgetting about the key provisions of the statutory documents.” For example, the UN Human Rights Council, in his opinion, has lost its “original functions” and undermined its credibility by trying to punish Russia for pursuing a sovereign domestic and foreign policy.
“For us, this body no longer exists,” DAM snapped, noting that Moscow has a similar attitude towards the Council of Europe, where the Russian Federation at one time “joined out of thoughtlessness.”
“What will they do without us? I don't know,” Medvedev shrugged, noting that despite everything, Russia remains the largest European country. And to discuss with her a new configuration of the security system in Europe, you will have to look for another platform. He also criticized attempts by international organizations to organize a tribunal to investigate Russia's actions in Ukraine.
“This is just nonsense! Do they really believe in the possibility of litigation against the country with the largest nuclear potential?” Medvedev exclaimed passionately.
However, the “live” deputy chairman of the Security Council turned out to be much less aggressive than in his written statements. There were no direct insults and threats addressed to anyone from his lips on the forum. And the earlier attacks on specific countries and politicians turned out to be offset by more moderate rhetoric. Speaking about the blockade of Kaliningrad, Medvedev said that he was not ready to give a legal assessment of the actions of the EU and Lithuania, and Russia's response, if the situation is not resolved, will lie in the economic plane.
Recall that in social networks DAM commented on this topic in the following expressions: “some regular idiot”, “we will be afraid of every rustle at the door”, “we have a good memory”, etc.
Nevertheless, the matter was not without another reminder of Russia's right to an asymmetric response and “Casus Belli”. The reason for the “declaration of war”, according to the deputy chairman of the Security Council, is the sanctions policy of the West. “Under certain circumstances, such hostile measures can be qualified as an act of international aggression. In response to them, the state has the right to individual and collective self-defense,” he stressed.
According to Medvedev, the regime of restrictions is aimed at segregating people along ethnic lines, and the main task of sanctions is “punishing the Russian people.” At the same time, the deputy chairman of the Security Council called on the West to “repent of their own stupidity” and “abandon the vicious practice” of discriminatory attitudes towards everything Russian.