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West Tries to ‘Lay Down the Law’ in International Relations: Lavrov

Western countries’ use of their rules to replace the existing instruments of international law shows that they are striving to "lay down the law" on the world stage, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

"The beauty of these Western ‘rules’ lies precisely in the fact that they lack any specific content. When someone acts against the will of the West, it immediately responds with a groundless claim that ‘the rules have been broken’ (without bothering to present any evidence) and declares its ‘right to hold the perpetrators accountable’. The less specific they get, the freer their hand to carry on with the arbitrary practice of employing dirty tactics as a way to pressure competitors. During the so-called ‘wild 1990s’ in Russia, we used to refer to such practices as laying down the law," Lavrov wrote in an article published in Kommersant and Russia in Global Affairs on Monday.

The minister added that the West deliberately shies away from spelling out the rules it purports to follow, just as it refrains from explaining why they are needed. "After all, there are already thousands of universal international legal instruments setting out clear national commitments and transparent verification mechanisms," he said, TASS reported..