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From its illegal annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in spring 2014 to its alleged complicity in the Salisbury Novichok poisonings in spring 2018, Russia has been widely criticised for conducting international relations in a manner that undermines international peace and security. In this article, Stephen Lewis examines the legal aspects of Russia’s naval confrontation with Ukraine in November 2018. He argues that, given the present situation of armed conflict between the two countries, specific legal obligations apply to the parties. These differ from those which would apply during peacetime.
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