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"There will be no freedom but anarchy," warned in October 2011 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as the Arab Spring was sweeping across North Africa. At the time, the Russian government had repeated that universally applying the so-called "concept of responsibility to protect" when against protest manifestations the government used force to restore order would not only lead to disastrous consequences but damage international law since such a concept would allow any country to interpret the situation and act upon it whenever it deemed it necessary.
So that there are no double standards, "the chief objective of the international community in the event of such situations is to get the authorities and opposition to sit down at the negotiating table," Mr. Lavrov had explained. Two years later, and while the threat of the use of force against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad is still not ruled out, the analysis of Russia's foreign policy has shown it has stuck to its "principles" without changing an iota.
The context has been the same, though worse: the most severe threats to global stability are in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Arab Spring has liberated several countries from longtime authoritarian ruling systems but now have to deal with the negative repercussions of growing insecurity and religious extremism. The relevance of the United Nations (UN) has been seriously put into question, with the 2009 Peace Nobel Prize winner and United States President Barack Obama urging action against Al-Assad with or without UN Security Council (UNSC)'s approval. According to Russia, the same interrogations which were raised about Libya in 2011 are now being raised about Syria today, minus the undecisiveness of the international community as for how to respond to the use of chemical weapons.
In 2011, Russia said "errare humanum est", in 2013 it added "perseverare diabolicum".
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